Carrie Reichardt’s award winning public work reflects her sustained engagement with people, place and politics, with a focus on marginalized groups - and in particular, women and their hidden histories. Reichardt draws on local archival sources to create works that resonate with the communities they are set within, and describes her work as a form of "ceramic tapestry” – weaving local people and their histories together.
She creates anarchic artworks where vintage floral, kitsch, royal and religious crockery is given a new twist by re-firing with layers of new ceramic decals. They are modified in a "radical use of traditional things" and often adorned with skulls, cheeky slogans and political statements. Her first solo exhibition,
entitled "Mad in England", provided an exploration of this theme, which she has continued to pursue in subsequent work.
Reichardt has been involved in community and public art projects for two decades, designing and consulting on large-scale mosaic murals in various local communities. She has produced a community mosaic in Miravalle, one of the most deprived districts on the fringes of Mexico City as well as projects in Argentina and Chile. In 2018, Reichardt finally completed the transformation
of her west London home into a giant mosaic mural – a process that took twenty years and tens of thousands of tiles to complete.
In 2013, Reichardt won the prestigious Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to research ‘How to advance community mosaics in the UK’.
Reichardt trained at Kingston University and achieved a First Class degree in Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan. She was Artist in Residence at Camberwell Art College in 2009, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA 2014 and is currently artist is residence with The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Reichardt is frequently called to speak on the use of craft and art as protest and has
presented at Museum of Liverpool, Victoria and Albert Museum, ICA, Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
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