I work intuitively with materials, adopting an ‘automatic’ approach driven by the subconscious, apparent contradictions surface as I play with the opposing intensities of laborious processes and quick impulsive gestures. I am interested in our relationship with ‘objects’ and the physical act of making with one’s hands, exploring processes and production as a way of understanding or interpreting the connection we have to our environment.
I was drawn towards working with clay through a desire to create work that is intuitively made, tactile and unique to the hand-building processes. Currently working from home and from a studio in Malton, North Yorkshire, I combine coiling, pinching and slab work to build my objects. The development of work is experimental; each piece is heavily influenced by my interpretation and understanding of each making process or learnt technique. I enjoy the meditative processes of joining together the different parts piece by piece, to create a variety of organic work. Many contradictions arise in the objects: tactile surfaces that seem to have been unearthed from old civilisations, textured with fingertip traces, imprints and inlays or smoothed, polished and re-worked with slip layers, digging in, eroding, rebuilding and wiping away. Drawing on wide-ranging influences, ancient ephemera, shapes and textures, natural and manmade, objects appear to take on their own histories. Evoking memories and exploring the transient nature of life concurrent with the longevity of cultural memory.
In the past I used the role of a curator (for Salt+Powell) to build on my arts practice (like another stand) treating curating very much as a creative act, an attempt at story-telling. I found that inevitably there was an aesthetical overlap between my individual arts practice and that of curating other people’s work. I used this to enquire into different modes and methods of presenting work to audience, through visual aesthetic language and interpretation.
CV & Education
Charlotte Salt is the current resident Artist at The Gallery in Malton, North yorkshire. Where she works predominantly with ceramics, painting and print.
Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Huddersfield University, England, 2016-2017
BAhons, Fine Art (1st Class), York St John University; York, England, 2010-2013
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Ryedale Open Studios
Footnotes 4 - Crescent Arts, Scarborough
Yorkshire artists and young people to present ‘Future Fossils’ ~ Invisible Dust
Gold Coast Customs - Crescent Arts, The Crescent, Scarborough
Footnotes 3 - Crescent Arts, The Crescent, Scarborough
'did you pack this bag yourself?' - 12 ø collective, Bushwick International Exposition, Sluice, Exchange Rates, The Buggy Factory, Brooklyn, NYC.
Fresh 'n' Frozen - 12ø collective, Art Licks Weekend, London
Holding Conversations - Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Manchester Contemporary, Manchester
It Happened in Üzümlü (Green) - The Golden Rule, Liverpool
Mass Production - The Malt Cross, 16 St James's St, Nottingham (August)
Looking At People, Looking At Art - Division of Labour, 13-19 Herald St, London. (July)
Are You Ready? - CARAVAN, 24 Mount Street, Manchester
Footnotes2 - Crescent Arts, The Crescent, Scarborough
Spares - Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, 25 wharf Street, Leeds.
Shades of Clay - Kunsthuis, Dutch House Art Gallery, Crayke, York, North Yorkshire.
I'll Cry If I Want to Cry If I Want to - U N N A W A Y, 9 Market Walk, Huddersfield, HD1 2QA
SHOWDOWN - Bloc Projects, 71 Eyre Lane, Sheffield S1 4RB
Ha Ha Ha ~ Laughing At Our Own Jokes - Acomb Project Space, Acomb, York
OVERSEASONED - Gage Gallery, KIAC, Sheffield, 19th - 23rd September
Trip Mag, Disposable Camera Project -
Mexico Members Show - Group exhibition- Leeds.
Pop Up York – In collaboration with York City Art Gallery, York Museums Trust, York College and Tate Artist Rooms, York, 25th October – 3rd November.
The Incredible Movement – York, 26th September.
Create 13 – York, 18th May – 1st June.
Market Of Hidden Labours - York City Council, West Offices, York.
Project: – The New School House Gallery, York. 9th – 12th January.
Time Space Place – Goodram Gate York, May.
Scarborough East Coast Exhibition - Scarborough Art Gallery, February.
GO MANGO pt1 & pt2 ~ With Caustic Coastal, Blossom St, York.
OVERSEASONED Part Deux ~ With (it's all) Tropical - Artemis Project Space, York.
POWER UP - Artemis Project Space, York 14th August.
PEACHY- Artemis Project Space, York 11th- 28th March.
Click+Spill - Artemis Project Space, York, 21st November- 19th December.
Cactus - York St John University, York, 7th-14th March.
The Secret Tea Party - Airton, Yorkshire Dales, 16th June.
Between History And Memory - Bar Lane Studios, York, 11th-14th May.
Residencies and Research Projects:
2020 - present
At The Gallery, Malton
2015 - 2020
Crescent Arts, The Crescent, Scarborough.
KIOSK ~ 41 Fossgate, York, UK, June.
Summer Studios ~ York St John University, York 15th June - September.