Charlotte Hodes - Dressed in Pattern - at jaggedart and Circus on Maryleboneonline

19/04/2016

Charlotte Hodes - Dressed in Pattern - at jaggedart and Circus on Maryleboneonline

Circus is a boutique management consultancy specialising in brand strategy, brand purpose, brand proposition, vision and values.

We believe for business strategy to work, it has to have imagination at its heart. So we created our cultural programme to help bring a new perspective, a new set of experiences and wisdom from another place. In collaboration is a series of exhibitions and talks we host in our gallery and home on Marylebone High Street. The idea is to bring together art and business to encourage us all to see and do things differently. We invite rare, extraordinary artists and makers to present their work through the lens of contemporary circus – with a brief to illuminate, intrigue and delight.

Our new exhibition, Dressed in Pattern by Charlotte Hodes, has been curated in collaboration with jaggedart – a unique gallery a few minutes down the road from us.

Charlotte Hodes is one of the most innovative figurative female fine artists in the UK. She trained as a painter and now works across and combines collage, ceramics and glass into her work. Her career-long interest in decoration and the domestic led her to embrace and centralise the female form as the subject of her work.

As a brand strategy consultancy, we help clients define their reason for being and translate this strategy into practice and in many ways, Charlotte is doing the same through her work. She repeatedly defines and redefines the role of women. Whatever the vessel, be it woman or brand, our roles as definers are the same. And that’s to decode the past and imagine a different future.

A student in the 80s, studying fine art, with an interest in the decorative – Charlotte was an anomaly in the punk era. This confrontation must have had some impact because Charlotte is a subversive artist in a subtle way. She’s also unafraid to disrupt and deconstruct – creating fragments to build a whole and using a collaboration of skills and techniques across disciplines. Charlotte challenges stereotypical notions of the female form with a clear purpose; to position women as pretty and feminine in an empowering way. Often as an outline or silhouette, her signature women explore her long-standing discussion around the representation of women in art history. Charlotte plays with and confronts the way women were portrayed as decorative motif and domestic goddess. She is inspired by her love of the decorative arts and looks to fashion, costume and art collections past and present, to feed her and her future work.

Charlotte brings together new ceramics and paintings – influenced by decorative motifs sourced from the archive of engravings in the iconic Spode Museum Trust. This is significant for two reasons: Spode is a celebrated British ceramic brand, born in the 1800s, famous for their iconic Blue Italian range; delving into their historic collection is a rare privilege reserved for Charlotte, as she is the only contemporary artist to have been invited to work with the Spode archive.

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