Charlotte Maishman

Fine Art BA (Hons)

Charlotte Maishman explores our collective commonality as flesh and bone, displaying our fragility and strength using sculpture, photography, and projection.

About

As a visual artist, I handle pressure points of materials to understand their eccentricities. Porcelain became the material to personify ‘mankind’. Built of more than its nature, but of all its experiences, holding memory in its plasticity. Brittle, yet incredibly strong, a complex contradiction beyond initial recognition. My process for connecting and capturing the performer, like with my materials, is made through investigation, allowing me to understand and respect areas of resistance and raw vulnerability.

This exhibition, "The Fragility of Structure: Body and Mind," includes photography, silk prints, projection, and a book. Alongside a sculpted house made from extruded porcelain and steel bolts, suspended in a steel cube. As well as being the weight of an average body, it can be seen as a symbol of home, the beginning of our gathered experiences.

"The poetics of space" is the bedrock for my study of space, both architecturally and metaphorically with the 'interior' mind. Underlying my use of cross-cultural symbolism, scale, suspension, tension, and contextualisation of the ‘interior' and 'MA' (the spirit of spaces) in the overall composition.

I am drawn to this area of inquiry through a desire to invite empathy and attention to our collective nature as strong, but also fragile. As we endure in this journey we are all tentative, crumbling clay, made of flesh and bone, built of positives, negatives, and many unknowns, all deserving exploration beyond first appearance.

Black and white image showing main feature of the gallery space. A steel box 2,5sq metres cubed. With a suspended porcelain house made form extruded porcelain. The porcelain is bolted and constructed then illuminated. To the left is a steel framed screen with scrim and a projection of the porcelain being extruded. The right is another duplicate screen with porcelain smashing.
Close up of porcelain house suspended in steel cube, the shadow of the structure is cast onto the back wall.

Porcelain Life Cycle: Making and Breaking

Silks of Entrance

150cm by 60cm. Georgette silk print of shadow of male and window panes. Silk hanging on porcelain extruded bar

Cooper Gallery Expanded View

A1 Photography

Extracts from Artist Book

A5 black and white screen prints

You can support my work by following my Instagram for updates on my practice. If you are interested in a piece of work or have any further enquires please do not hesitate to contact me.

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