Caroline Achaintre Chin-Chin

Caroline Achaintre
Chin-Chin 2011
Courtesy Arcade, London

The work of Caroline Achaintre (born 1969) encompasses a diverse range of media including textiles, ceramics, woodcuts and watercolours.

Deploying handcrafting techniques, her series of ceramic masks and large-scale wall-based textiles evoke the primitive and the carnivalesque. At times menacing, sexual and playful they allude to early moments in modernism such as German expressionism, while at the same time presenting many contradictions between art and design, fashion and taste, abstraction and figuration.

Assembled together to create an atmosphere of threat and the absurd, her fantastical works appear as shamanist tribal masks and objects made to face the fears of the present day.