Caroline Achaintre

11 September 2013
Zibra, hand-tufted wool, 2011, 240 x 165 cm, © the artist, courtesy the artist and Arcade Gallery

University of Hertfordshire Galleries

Purchased by the Contemporary Art Society for University of Hertfordshire Galleries. The ethos of the University of Hertfordshire’s art collection is to present art in places where people study, work and visit. The collection ranges across photography, textile, ceramics, sculpture and mixed-media and includes works by Reg Butler, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. The contemporary collection has been developed through the acquisition of works from artists exhibiting in the gallery’s temporary exhibitions programme, including Alan Davie, Andy Goldworthy and Erasmus Schroeter, as well as works by staff and alumni. The acquisition of Zibra by Caroline Achaintre represents a move towards strengthening the quality, scope and appeal of the University of Hertfordshire’s art collection.

Achaintre’s practice shares a relationship with fine art and contemporary applied art. She adopts an approach of collage within her sculptures that plays with the tension of simultaneous and yet opposing surfaces. Achaintre’s tufted woollen wall-hangings — of which Zibra is one — initially begin as finely tempered watercolours, prints, drawings and ceramics that are translated into large-scale schematics for the tufting process. The introduction of Achaintre’s work to the university’s collection has also led to a larger project in 2013, including an artist’s residency and a solo exhibition in spring 2013.


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