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The Grammar of Ornament

Proposition 18 Field of Squares I, Charlotte Hodes, 2013-14

Charlotte Hodes presents a series of papercuts and ceramics inspired by Owen Jones’s eponymous 1856 book

With an international reputation as an artist working through collage across different media, this new work by Charlotte Hodes has been informed by the influential 1856 book The Grammar of Ornament by architect Owen Jones, one of the most important design theorists of the 19th century.

Hodes subverts this male treatise and re-interprets it from the position of a contemporary female artist engaged in the languages of fine and decorative arts. “Hodes dismantles idea and form by using collage and papercut techniques to disrupt images, thus creating multifarious new directions and possibilities,” says Dr Janet McKenzie in her catalogue essay on the work.