Todo Custo, 2015, hand-tufted wool, 300 × 210 cm, courtesy of Arcade, London
photo: Andy Keate
Media Sculpture and installation, mixed media
Languages English, German, French
What to bring You may bring your own preferred material and tools. Participants will work with paper, print, all kinds of soft materials, clay
Maximum number of participants 20
Participation fee € 700,– (€ 540,–)
This course explores the ideas of anthropomorphy, animism and process-based working. The main focus is on the artistic production, and there will be also some theoretical input. We will explore our urge to recognize ourselves in others and our connection to objects through empathy. Further, we will look at the perception of the
self and projection of the other.
The idea in animism, the shift from an object to becoming a subject, gives it a life, animates it. The class will deal with this shift between the inanimate and the animate, and everything in between. How objects become personas and personas are defined through objects. We will be looking at ourselves through objects, sculpting without seeing, and creating portraits through everyday objects. We will be working from our imagination and from and with objects.
Over the two-week course, the participants will use different media and techniques to explore portraiture and the field between abstraction and figuration, as well as the shift from object to subject. Participants will be working with collage, direct print, paper sculpture, clay and soft materials.
As now it seems that we have found an answer for everything, we are seeing the inexplicable, the magic, the other(-worldly) to make sense of the everyday. The aim of the course is to bring objects to life, to become the creator of creatures, just as in Frankenstein’s Lab.
Caroline Achaintre, born in Toulouse (FR) in 1969 and brought up in Nuremberg (DE), lives and works in London. She works across a diverse range of media that includes textiles, ceramics, prints and watercolours, using techniques typically associated with the applied arts. Her work is colourful and potent, evoking the subversive spirit of Carnival and creating an atmosphere that is simultaneously playful and absurd. Citing German Expressionism, post-war British sculpture and Primitivism as influences, her work also makes reference to more contemporary sub-cultural strands of sci-fi, the Goth-metal scene, psychedelia and horror films.
Exhibitions 2018 (upcoming) Fantomas, De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea (UK). 2017Escaner, Museo del Alabado, Quito. Caroline Achaintre, FRAC Champagne- Ardenne, Reims (FR). 2016Caroline Achaintre, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (UK). 2015Caroline Achaintre, Tate Britain, London.
Ann Dressen, Zoe Gray, Emma Dean: Caroline Achaintre exhibition catalogue, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and FRAC – Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain Champagne-Ardenne, Reims 2016.