Katie Cuddon (born 1979, London, UK) is an artist best known for working with clay. Expressive and instinctive, her sculpture explores psychological representations of the human body and the interpenetration of art and life.
Pummelled and masticated clay is worked into a tensile skin, creating forms that are simultaneously anthropomorphic, symbolic, and surreal. Once fired these sculptures are combined with other materials and found objects and enter our space on supports, both found and constructed.
Presenting a series of new works made by Cuddon since becoming a mother in 2018, the exhibition is conceived as an intimate and visceral environment in which unsettling imaginings play out. The title, Night Portraits comes from a group of small works within the exhibition. Here the clay has been intensely worked. It is inscribed with the artist’s teeth, and, exuding candle wax, conjures up the dreamlike quality of the exhibition space. Like Cuddon’s sculptures generally, the works in the exhibition resist a straightforward narrative reading but rather take the viewer on a restless journey of association between our inner and outer worlds.
Created by Cuddon throughout the pandemic, several works dwell on her experiences of isolation within domestic spaces, and the tensions that exist between the internal, intimate sphere of the home, and the hostile threats presented by the outside world and its relentless stream of dark news. This discomfort manifests in the visual quality of the works, with their indentations, holes, and hollow surfaces.
Night Portraits draws upon Cuddon’s recent research into the relationships between clay, writing, death, and the body. This work is pursued with fellowships and research grants from the Leverhulme Trust and Wellcome Trust.
A free booklet is available to accompany the exhibition, featuring a new text by Head of Exhibitions, Joseph Constable.
IN THE PRESS
Lead image caption: Katie Cuddon, Mother and Baby, 2020, chair, painted ceramic, blanket and hospital strap. Photo: Amy Petra Woodward. Courtesy of the artist.
Katie Cuddon studied at Glasgow School of Art and then The Royal College of Art before becoming a Lipman Research Fellow in Ceramic Sculpture at Newcastle University. This was followed by a Sainsbury Scholarship in Sculpture and Drawing at the British School at Rome and the inaugural Ceramics Fellowship at Camden Art Centre. Katie’s solo exhibitions include Spanish Lobe, Camden Arts Centre (2011) and Pontoon Lip, a collaborative exhibition with Celia Hempton at Cell Projects (2014). Her work has been acquired by numerous private collections and the Arts Council of England Collection and was recently on show in the ACE Touring exhibition, Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women Since 1945 which opened at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in May 2021 and has since travelled to Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham; The Lewinsky Gallery and The Box, Plymouth; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; and the New Art Gallery, Walsall.
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