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Art Editorial

bowesplate.jpg I detect a pattern here…

Charlotte Hodes’ ongoing exploration into the female figure and its relationship to decoration and pattern really comes to the fore in a stunning exhibition, which can currently be seen at the Bowes Museum.

A leading figure in contemporary art, Charlotte Hodes’ work deftly skips back and forth between the boundaries that exist between the fine and decorative arts. She draws heavily on craft processes, but uses these to create imagery firmly situated within the language of fine art, bringing her considerable experience as a painter to both her extraordinarily intricate papercuts and ceramic wares, which serve as her alternative canvas. Paula Rego is a fan commenting: “In Charlotte’s pictures the pattern does not stay within the outline. It overlaps and takes on an existence of its own.” Along with the relationship between the pictorial and pattern, representation of women is key to her work and that is fully explored in this exhibition which presents work from her time at the Spode factory and the Wallace Collection, right up to the present day, and includes vases as well as examples of her tableware.

Charlotte Hodes: Women and Pattern, until 24 February, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle. thebowesmuseum.org.uk