Meet Oso, Twyla Artist
Oso is a multimedia artist who lives most of the year in Tulum, Mexico. (“It’s Williamsburg with the ocean,” he says). Influenced by his upbringing in a deeply intellectual and artistic home, Oso’s art is a layered examination on how the internet and social media reflect an obsession with beauty, celebrity and technology. His Smartphone Portrait Series depicts nude models clutching phones, a commentary on how these devices are so ever-present that they are practically an extension of our bodies. “You can be naked, but people will still have their phones. It’s a representation of what’s happening right now with how we communicate,” says Oso.
“When I look at Oso’s work, it reaffirms to me that a muse can be whoever the hell an artist wants it to be. I think we can be our own muses.”
Art Connects Us
Both Oso and Charli ask us to question the predominant messages we receive via advertising and social media today. Oso’s work draws from the swirling noise of the internet, which he collages and manipulates, ultimately reflecting culture back to us like a mirror. Similarly, Charli stands out in a sea of social media sameness. She says: “I think it’s important that we teach girls that what you see [in fashion] isn’t real, that a lot of it is Photoshopped. Fashion can create images that are a lot more representative of the women we see on the street.” Both artist and model think fashion can take some lessons from art, with its more flexible notions of beauty: “Art talks a lot about that deeper search for beauty,” says Oso.
Charli, who are your mentors?
Becca Thorpe, VP MUSE NYC and Director of Curve
“She’s my agent and a former plus size model. She’s been amazing in encouraging me to keep being me.”
Candice Huffine, Plus-Size Model
“She’s pushed me to be myself and embrace my flaws.”
Vera Papisova, Digital Wellness Editor, Teen Vogue
“Teen Vogue is actively campaigning and changing the way women’s sexual health is viewed and she teaches me that when women join together, it’s a great thing.”
Charli, what books are on your nightstand?
by Bryony Gordon
“This book is by a columnist at the London Telegraph and she talks about mental health issues and how things like OCD are fairly common.”
Size Zero: My Life as a Disappearing Model
By Victoire Dauxerre
“I just started this one about an up-and-coming French model who got down to a size zero and all the health implications that came with it.”