Remember Me is a solo exhibition of intricate papercuts and ceramic work by acclaimed artist Charlotte Hodes. Hodes is showing an ambitious, twelve metre ceramic frieze specially commissioned by Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
This striking new work uses 120 individual plates as an alternative canvas that demonstrates Hodes’ playful yet challenging approach to the aesthetic potential of domestic objects, both past and present.
The exhibition also features Hodes’ new work, Frieze, a three metre triptych of papercuts of different length, as well as her major table installation, Spode Trees and Dressed Silhouettes. Three series of her signature papercuts are also on display.
Charlotte Hodes’ practice as an artist takes the form of painting, collage, ceramics and glass. With a touch of humour, lightness and freshness, Charlotte's female signature figure moves comfortably across dishes, canvases, vases, prints and paper. Hodes appropriates every media with confidence. Her narrative is unique, regardless of the support that she chooses to use.
In 2005 she was appointed as the first Associate Artist at the Wallace Collection London making papercuts & ceramics in response to 18th century Fête galante paintings and Sèvres porcelain in the collection. This culminated in a solo exhibition at the Wallace Collection in 2007, supported by Arts Council England & Arts & Humanities Research Council, entitled Fragmented Images . Further solo exhibitions include Silhouettes and Filigree at the Marlborough Gallery in December 2009 & Drawing Skirts at the Baring Wing & University Gallery, University of Northumbria in 2008.
As winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2006 she participated in Drawing Breath, the survey UK touring exhibition of Jerwood prize winners & was one of three exhibitors with the 2010 Jerwood Visual Arts Programme’s show ‘Inscriptions: Thinking/Drawing/Making’ at the Jerwood Space Gallery London.
From 1998 until 2004 she embarked on a series of projects at the Spode factory in Staffordshire, with unrestricted access to their archive transfers, where she worked on unique, ‘one-off’ pieces including two dinner services, one of which was included in the 2003 Design Biennial at the Design Museum London. In 2002 she exhibited Cacophony; a cabinet of 35 vases, a ceramic installation at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Amongst others, Hodes exhibited in 10 Downing Street in an exhibition of ceramics and papercuts curated by Janice Blackburn OBE in an ongoing series of contemporary craft and design exhibitions in its state rooms and communal areas. The displays showcased the UK’s dynamic contemporary craft and design sector. In 2005 she was commissioned a tea set for Liberty's for the exhibition the Spirit of Liberty.
Her work is represented in many public collections including Brighton City Museum & Art Gallery, British Council, Women’s Art Collection New Hall University of Cambridge, Worcester City Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
For more information please visit: wolverhamptonart.org.uk
Charlotte Hodes is Professor in Fine Art at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.
The exhibition is open until 3 September 2017
A series of her vases are also currently on display at jaggedart, London