Visual artist Caroline Slotte has a gift of blowing new life into found, familiar objects. For over a decade, she has worked with ready-made, mainly ceramic objects.
Slotte creates a series of compelling dioramas by manipulating old illustrated china plates, variations of which are familiar to many of us from family suppers. She piles the plates on top of each other and carves through the images, crafting a multi-layered visual narrative of her own.
Playing with the tensions between the recognizable and the enigmatic, Slotte invites us to an adventure in both our private and cultural history. The pieces are palpable reminders of the past times, stirring up both shared and intimate memories.
Exploring the cultural effects of the material realm is important to Slotte’s artistic practice. The material world created by humans recreates us as well, influencing our understanding of place, time and culture.
Slotte’s 2012 series of works One-to-one features a set of objects that confuse our visual perception and sense of material. Using solely wood, she creates miniature sculptures in the shape of objects such as a drinking straw, twisted house key or a squashed soda can, which we simultaneously recognize as metal, plastic or paper depending on their shape. “This confusion makes them into a material impossibility, a miracle,” Slotte explains.
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