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Achaintre, Caroline
Caroline Achaintre is interested in what she calls ‘the uncomfortable middle-ground, the in-between.’ Her textile and ceramic works sit between figuration and abstraction, while her materials – including shaggy wool and clay that retains a glutinous appearance even after firing – are chosen for their ability to both attract and repulse. In her hand-tufted textiles, Achaintre tries to capture a moment when the thing that she is creating is ‘not one thing any more, and not the other yet.’ Drawing on the tradition of carnival or tribal masks, she experiments with what small amount of visual information is needed to conjure a face, emotion, or character.
  • Artwork Details: 325 x 206 x 10cm Footprint: 310 x 206cm
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  • Material description: Hand-tufted wool
  • Credit line: © the artist.
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  • Medium: Textile
  • Accession number: ACC41/2015



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