Fantômas is an exhibition of new works by artist Caroline Achaintre.
Her visually striking, witty ceramic sculptures and hand-tufted wall hangings incorporate diverse references such as catwalk fashion, carnival, and death-metal iconography, as well as Primitivism and Expressionism – early twentieth-century Western art movements that borrowed heavily from non-Western and prehistoric imagery to find new ways of representing the modern world.
Achaintre’s sculptures often resemble masks. Appearing in cultures throughout the world, masks have the potential to take on a life of their own, conjuring ‘characters’ in the mind of the viewer. The title of this exhibition refers to the mask worn by the shape-shifting French criminal Fantômas, invented by writers Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre in 1911. In the 1960s, a TV adaptation of the novel was made, in which Fantômas’ face was hidden by a rigid-looking blue mask. For Achaintre, the mask is a place where fantasy and reality can exist at the same time.
For Fantômas, Achaintre will make a series of new ceramics, accompanied by new wall hangings. She will create 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.
Thanks to The Elephant Trust
To celebrate her new exhibition Fantômas, in our First Floor Gallery, Caroline Achaintre has produced a special Limited Edition Print. Titled Woofer, it is a full-colour archive quality digital print on Hahnemühle Museum Etching paper.
Woofer epitomises Achaintre’s ongoing fascination with the mask as a place where fantasy and reality can exist simultaneously, whilst also echoing the energetic lines and patterns of the Art Deco era.
Proudced by Solaris in St Leonards-on-Sea.
The edition of 25 will be available to purchase from our shop, online or at the Pavilion. Each edition costs £165 with an exclusive 10% discount for our patrons, and 5% member discount.buy
Personal responses to the exhibition, recorded with the Young Creatives, a group of local 14 – 21 year olds who play an active role in influencing and co-producing the De La Warr Pavilion programme.Find out more about the Young Creatives
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