Things we love
There can’t be that many artists with a ‘fan base’ that stretches from wrongfully incarcerated Black Panther Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore to Sophie Ellis-Bextor, latterly queen of Kitchen Disco.
Self-styled ‘Mad In England’ extreme craftivist Carrie Reichardt’s art takes various forms but she is probably best known for her innovative, campaigning and community spirited mosaic works.
Reichardt lives in a house covered in mosaics made by herself and close collaborators from the UK and across the world. It’s a sight to behold. During the course of her rich and varied career she’s tiled taxi’s and pick-up trucks, life-size figures, elephants, horses, the walls of many towns and cities, the steps of the Victoria & Albert Museum… All her mosaics, of course, demonstrate consummate craft skills as well as an acute visual wit and imagination but, just as importantly, Reichardt’s major projects reflect the artist’s enduring concerns: combating systemic injustice and cruelty and promoting progressive, engaged social activism.
She also produces some very fine x-rated and sweary china tea plates and trinket boxes.