Magazine article Tate Etc.

The Artist in Her Studio

Magazine article Tate Etc.

The Artist in Her Studio

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Caroline Achaintre at Tate Britain

'I work with the mask in the widest sense, using ceramics and textiles. My tufted works always depict more than one being. There is the façade of the surface, and then the question of who is behind it. I was interested in the psychological aspect of what you see in these objects: they have anthropomorphic features, but they are not abstract, and not yet figurative; a multilayering of multipersonalities, as in Moustache Eagle from 2008.

'My interest in masquerade drew me to a lot of ethnological collections and so-called "primitive" art when creating these works - stark expressions and minimal information forming a face-like image -and this, along with an interest in the German expressionists, helped to inform my process.

'I began making small drawings, but wanted to work on a larger scale while maintaining the level of intensity. I wanted them to be domestic objects, something eerie and uncanny in the family environment by using lots of fibres - almost like pixels -to get this three-dimensional plane. …

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