Charlotte Hodes
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Blue and White Oxford Ceramics Gallery 17 July - 5 Sept 2020

Charlotte created new artworks specially for this exhibition. Responding to the floral and pastoral landscape motifs found on historical ware, she disrupts the uniformity of image and surface by hand painting silhouettes of women. Although her women are isolated, they each attempt to communicate in various ways including through a megaphone and by sending messages via a paper aeroplane. These artworks follow Charlotte’s involvement with collage as a working method to suggest a sense of fracture and of the uncanny that Covid-19 and the subsequent lock-down has created. The existing ware that Charlotte has used, with its idealized scenes and association with colonialism, is unsettled by her painted additions to suggest a sense of disquiet.

Jug, hand painting, gold leaf on Spode china, 2020. Photo: Oxford Ceramics Gallery
Artist Focus/ Charlotte Hodes