A leading figure in contemporary art, Charlotte Hodes’ work profiles her long-standing engagement with the crossovers between the fine and decorative arts, drawing on craft processes to create imagery firmly situated within the language of painting. She brings her experience as a painter to both her intricate papercuts, ceramic vases and large-scale installations in which ready-made ceramic ware serves as her alternative canvas.
The female figure is Charlotte’s pivotal motif, an elusive but ever-present silhouette emerging from or blending into backdrops of pattern and vibrant colour. The women that wander through her work are nonetheless a disruptive force, refusing their given role as decorative features in order to take ownership of their environments and reclaim their autonomy.
Charlotte’s ideas are embedded within the practice of drawing and collage. The layered surfaces of her collages make visible the often invisible labour of women. Her signature technique is rooted in female associated activities such as tapestry, embroidery and quilting. Her work evidences a persistent engagement with, and negotiation of, historical material. She often uses archives and collections as starting points for her projects, most recently Musée Ariana, Geneva as well as The Wallace Collection, London, the Spode Museum Trust and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Conversations en Plein Air, Musée Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland
Remember Me, National Centre for Craft and Design (Hub, Sleaford), UK
The Errant Muse (with poet, Deryn Rees-Jones) Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool, UK
After the Taking of Tea, Ruthin Craft Centre, The Centre for the Applied Arts, Wales, UK
Charlotte Hodes: Women and Pattern, Bowes Museum, County Durham, UK
Remember Me, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK
- Kate Kellaway, writer for The Observer