FIGURATIVE ART NOW, The Mall Galleries, London, 7 July to 20 September 2021
Charlotte Hodes' Peeping Out was selected for the inaugural launch of Figurative Art Now at The Mall Galleries during its 60th anniversary for Federation of British artists.
“At a time when representational and figurative painting is enjoying a welcome return to popularity, and as society re-emerges into the light after the global pandemic, this exhibition will lift the spirits and allow the public to appreciate and buy new works in a wide range of mediums.” Figurative Art Now
Peeping Out is a watercolour and papercut. The women depicted in her work are both active and passive protagonists, revealing a subversive subtext in contrast to the pattern and detail. Charlotte's processes are rooted in craft practice through which she creates imagery that is situated within the language of fine art. Both the methodology and subject matter are gendered. The cutting, pasting and layering of small fragments is akin to female associated activities such as embroidery. The process is one of deconstruction and reconstruction, destruction and reinvention in which Charlotte gives value to the tiniest of elements that become a vital part of a whole.
Figurative Art Now was selected by; artists Andrew Gifford, Barbara Walker; Jo Baring, Director, Ingram Collection; Jonathan Watkins, Director, Ikon Gallery; Clare O’ Brien, CEO Mall Galleries/ Federation of British Artists.
Woman: Vessel; peeping out, watercolour with papercut, 102 x 68cm