textile, wire, neon tubes, cabling. 2011.
Charlotte Squire’s studio is a treasure-trove of domestic
everyday objects – lemon juicers, molded glass lampshades,
miscellaneous ceramic ornaments lining the shelves;
elsewhere there are piles of flowery cushions, bundles of
wooden table legs and assemblages of other homely wonders.
“I’m into rehabilitating ‘stuff’” she tells me during a recent visit there and this is certainly true, for Charlotte Squire’s work gives new life to the used, cast-off household objects she rescues from the streets or picks up at car boot sales for a song.
Over the past decade, Charlotte Squire has been creating site-specific artworks from her assemblages
of household artifacts. Her MA show at Goldmiths in 2006 featured ‘Door Henge’ – a folly created from salvaged doors and ladders. Since completing her Masters she has had numerous commissions in public spaces. If you visit Brixton Village Market, look up and you will see conjoined lampshades of all sizes; their frames re-covered with European and African fabrics. Serving as both lighting and artworks, these fabulous anthropomorphic forms resemble chrysalises about to hatch or ripening fruit. At the same time they are somehow familiarly human, specifically female in form and mirror the shapes and sounds of the market place and its visitors.
exerpt from text by Sarah Sparkes, artist, curator, writer