Trained as a blacksmith, Caroline Achaintre draws her sources from worlds as eclectic as those of German expressionism, post-war British sculpture, commedia dell’arte, primitive arts, postmodern design and urban cultures (goth or metal music, B movies, science fiction). In her work, the artist uses traditional techniques – tufting, ceramics, basketry – to breathe life into the drawings from which all his works originate. Caroline Achaintre’s practice is marked by a constant back and forth between the second and third dimensions, operating fluidly in a relationship to time, sometimes long, sometimes short. At Le Capc, the artist conceived and designed all the constituent elements herself (pedestals, buttresses, architectural excrescences) of an environment in which large “tapestries” in coloured wool interact with wicker screens, watercolours and ceramics – all works with anthropomorphic qualities and, as a result, characters of a particular theatre.
ARTISSIMA – Castello di Rivoli Illy Present Future 2013 Prize Exhibition
Skills Academy Fondation d’entreprise Hermès – Morning event April 6 2019 – Les Textiles @ Theatre Paris – Villette
Learning with artists – Caroline Achaintre Questions & Answers
Solo show FANTÔMAS @ De la Warr Pavillon / UK
Caroline Achaintre: Fantômas, De La Warr Pavilion.
For Fantômas, Achaintre made a series of new ceramics, accompanied by new wall hangings. She created the ceramics whilst undertaking a joint residency between the De La Warr Pavilion and West Dean College, an arts and conservation college founded by British poet Edward James, a keen art collector known for his patronage of the Surrealist movement.
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation artist in residence Caroline Achaintre on her artistic practice. The artist was an artist-in-residence at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation in 2018.
Caroline Achaintre solo show @ BALTIC Bites, Centre for Contemporary Art supported by Arts Council England & Gateshead Council
BALTIC’s major survey exhibition explored the breadth of Achaintre’s practice, comprising a selection of work from the last decade together with new work made specially for the exhibition.
Portrait of Pierre-Olivier Arnaud, winner Audi talents awards 2009, Contemporary Art category