Professor Charlotte Hodes

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Professor in Fine Art

London College of Fashion

Biography

Charlotte Hodes is a painter, whose practice includes ceramics, glass, papercuts and installation.

Charlotte received an ACE grant in 2014, in collaboration with Professor Paul Scott to research the engravings in the Spode Museum Trust Archive resulting in a large tableware installation Spode Trees and Dressed Silhouettes for the British Ceramic Binennial 2015. She was awarded the first prize in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2006.

Recent solo exhibitions include Fragmented Images, The Wallace Collection, London 2007, the culmination of two years as Associate Artist at the Museum supported by ACE 2004 & 2006 & AHRC 2005, Drawing Skirts 2008, University of Northumbria, a collaborative research project  with Professor Cathy Treadaway, UWIC, supported by the AHRC 2008  and Grammar of Ornament, jaggedart, London and New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge 2014, an interrogation of the 1856 Owen Jones’ book of the same name.

Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including Glasstress Venice Biennale 2009 & 2013;Millesgården Stockholm, Sweden 2011, No.10 Downing St curated by Janice Blackburn OBE 2012, Inscription:Thinking/Drawing/Making Jerwood Space Gallery 2010 and the International Design Biennial Design Museum London 2003. Her work is also held in a number of public collections including British Council, Victoria and Albert Museum, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge.

Research interests

Drawing, collage, papercut, print, ceramics, glass, decorative arts, working with archives and collections.

Research statement

Charlotte Hodes' research is informed by her experience as a painter and is investigated through large scale intricately hand cut papercuts, as well as ornately worked ceramic vessels, glass and more recently animation.

Her iconography is centred on the female figure within a contemporary context depicted as a silhouette juxtaposed with motifs loaded with female associated references such as the vessel and skirt. It questions the position of the female figure as represented in art history, as a decorative motif and as being inextricably linked to the domestic.

She draws upon the decorative and applied arts, often using archives and collections as a source for projects. This has included the Wallace Collection, London, the ceramic Spode Museum Trust Archive, V&A textile library and LCF library archive.

Through the process of drawing she creates her own archive of usable visual imagery which is mediated by both hand craft and digital processes. Her research addresses how the fragmented and tactile nature of the ‘cut’ and ‘paste’ of collage can embed meaning.

At LCF she established the Forum for Fashion Design & Visual Art Practice (formally Forum for Drawing) to foreground the role of drawing and practice led research. The hub programme includes presentations by research practitioners from within LCF and beyond, and has resulted in a number of research initiatives including a practice-led research collaboration with the National Gallery Flight: Drawing Interpretations.

Project awards, and grants

'Questions of Travel’ poemfilm (Deryn Rees-Jones & Hodes) commissioned by Festival of the Arts & Humanities, University of Sheffield, shortlisted for AHRC Film Awards, UK 2015.

‘And You, Helen’ poemfilm (Deryn Rees-Jones & Hodes) commissioned by Ledbury Poetry Festival supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation & ACE 2014.

'The Spode Copper Plate Archive, an Exploration’ Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England 2013

'Collaborative investigation into the role of the handcraft and digital processes within creative practice' Small Grants in Creative and Performing Arts Scheme, AHRC 2007 

'Decoration and the Picture: A Contemporary  Response to the Wallace Collection ’  Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England 2006

'A Practice Based Inquiry into the Decoration and Pictorial Imagery of the Sèvres Vase' Small Grants in Creative and Performing Arts Scheme, AHRC, 2005

'Collaboration with the Wallace Collection, London'  Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England 2004

Students

Current students and thesis titles

Sarah Horton, Disrupting class and consumption: everyday decoration in fine art practice. (Norwich University of the Arts) 

Katherine Pogson, Deep fashion: craft values as transformative tools to create new relationships with fashion artefacts, and more sustainable futures for consumers and makers in the UK.

Completed students and thesis titles

Hormazd Narielwalla, Patterns as documents and drawings.

Selected research outputs