Remember Me: Charlotte Hodes. Papercuts & Ceramics, The National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford, Lincolnshire 11 January - 22 March 2020
This solo exhibition, which had its first iteration at Wolverhampton Art Gallery in 2017, profiles Charlotte Hodes’ long-standing engagement with the boundaries between fine art and craft practice. Her work draws from both the rich iconography of the decorative arts and her own hand drawn archive of motifs centred on the female figure. Her woman, depicted as a silhouette, disrupts her given role as a decorative and fragile feature. Her ceramic installations, made up of multiple pieces of ready-made tableware, serve as an alternative ‘canvas’ that reference domesticity and the home. Hodes ideas are embedded within the collage process, which is rooted in traditionally female artistic activities. Unafraid to disrupt and deconstruct, Hodes deploys collage in a unique way to challenge accepted hierarchical structures to present a vision that is led by a female sensibility and poetic imaginings. The exhibition includes Remember Me, a wall installation commissioned by Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Spode Trees & Dressed Silhouettes, a table installation of over 300 pieces of tableware, first shown at the British Ceramic Biennial, and Caryatids, a new set of papercuts in which pieces of furniture become plinths for women, who themselves support ornamental fragments on their heads.
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