Professor Charlotte Hodes

Charlotte Hodes, University of the Arts London


Charlotte Hodes is a painter, whose practice includes ceramics, glass, papercuts and installation.

Research statement

Charlotte Hodes’ research is informed by her experience as a painter and is investigated through large scale intricately hand cut papercuts, as well as ornately worked ceramic vessels, glass and more recently animation.

Her iconography is centred on the female figure within a contemporary context depicted as a silhouette juxtaposed with motifs loaded with female associated references such as the vessel and skirt. It questions the position of the female figure as represented in art history, as a decorative motif and as being inextricably linked to the domestic.

She draws upon the decorative and applied arts, often using archives and collections as a source for projects. This has included the Wallace Collection, London, the ceramic Spode Museum Trust Archive, V&A textile library and LCF library archive.

Through the process of drawing she creates her own archive of usable visual imagery which is mediated by both hand craft and digital processes. Her research addresses how the fragmented and tactile nature of the ‘cut’ and ‘paste’ of collage can embed meaning.

At LCF she established the Forum for Drawing to foreground the role of drawing and practice-led research. This was relaunched in 2016 as Visual Arts at LCF. The hub programme invites presentations by research practitioners from within LCF and beyond, and has resulted in a number of research initiatives including the practice-led research collaboration with the National Gallery Flight: Drawing Interpretations. Charlotte is also co-lead of a Communities of Practice Research Group, About Face: Concepts of Portraiture.

Floating [pdf]

Silhouettes & Filigree [pdf]

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