Fine Art graduate’s end-of-residency solo exhibition
Charlotte Dawson explores our relationship with objects and history in Stoke-on-Trent exhibition.
BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate Charlotte Dawson’s solo exhibition Set in Sediment opens later this month following a six month residency at AirSpace Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.
Each year, AirSpace Gallery’s Graduate Residency Programme offers two new graduates a fantastic opportunity to be part of an exciting and innovative artist-led space in Stoke-on-Trent, providing six months’ free studio space, ongoing professional development support, mentoring and guidance, and an end-of-residency solo exhibition. Now into its 7th year, the residency programme is an attempt to tackle and highlight a problem with graduate retention in the city, offering early stage professional development support to artists.
"I found whilst living in and exploring Stoke-on-Trent that there is an immense weight placed on the city's industrial history, a weight that can often feel smothering when talking about the regeneration of the area. The objects throughout this exhibition grapple with the boundaries of weight and worth as well as the methodology of searching and collecting."
Charlotte’s work explores the intrinsic relationship between objects and the formation of narratives, memories and social histories. Creating object-based installations as well as moving image, she plays with boundaries, utilising materials that clash or compositions that wrestle with weight, balance and the cusp of collapse. Her work often grapples with the border between the natural environment and the domestic. intersecting natural components amongst or within heavily manufactured objects. The intentions of her work are not to communicate her own narratives to the audience but to provide viewers with familiar yet compromised materials, to inspire intrigue and dissection.