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Image: Caroline Achaintre, Africana 2007, Linocut, Image courtesy the artist and Arcade, London

Bringing her largest and most significant exhibition to date to Gateshead’s BALTIC, French artist Caroline Achaintre’s survey exhibition will contain a variety of work from the last decade alongside newer pieces.

Having cut her teeth at Germany’s Kunsthochschule in the mid-nineties, it’ll comes as no surprise that her work nods to German expressionism as well as modernist sculpture. Citing Primitivism among her influences, subculture genres also find their way into her work – from sci-fi to heavy metal music, cartoons and horror films. While her drawings may contain delicate elements, her recent works using latex, wax and bleach to remove colour offer a contrast to her watercolour and ink practices. Textile wall hangings are tactile; embodying characters or beings, Achaintre utilises the same methods as used to make 70s’ shag pile carpets. Likening the process to ‘painting with wool’, her creations often evoke a distinct personality. As do her playful ceramic sculptures and masks, made from fired and glazed paper clay, adding a carnivalesque atmosphere to the exhibition.

Large scale textile pieces, sculpture and watercolours make up the central part of the exhibition, alongside Achaintre’s first monograph, co-published by BALTIC and Ardenne’s FRAC (Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain Champagne), which will include essays by a variety of European curators. The artist will also lead a special walk through of her exhibition on Wednesday 21st September.

Caroline Achaintre’s exhibition is at BALTIC, Gateshead from Friday 15th July until Sunday 30th October.

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