Previous AA2A Artist

Carrie Reichardt

Project summary:

I am an activist artist who is currently collaborating with Herman Wallace, a political prisoner in Louisiana State Prison, and the longest serving inmate in solitary confinement in the USA - 36 years. Together we are working on a series of slip casted spray cans featuring Hermans top 20 dead revolutionaries. I am also researching the use of ceramics in the slavery abolition movement. I feel my own work is an extension of this work, given the fact that Louisiana State Prison is an 18,000 acre former slave plantation and that slavery has not been abolished in America for those who are committed of a crime. I wish to explore further the history of anti-slavery ceramics and use my time at Camberwell to investigate and develop a new series of ceramics pieces that draw parallels and inspiration from the abolitionists of the past.

Having access to such comprehensive printmaking and ceramic facilities will enable me to explore and specialise in image transfer techniques that at present I am unable to do. Having access to all the University of art libraries would also help me with my research on anti slavery ceramics. I currently work within an art collective and thrive on collaboration and the exchange of ideas and skills. I think just being in an art college environment again will invigorate my art practice. I also feel that I would be able to focus my time and energy into using this opportunity at Camberwell to produce a solid body of work that is based on comprehensive study and research.

I also wish to complete Herman 20 spraycans and produce a book of them that can be used as a tool to inform others about revolutionary leaders from the past.

'Delbert Africa'
slip cast ceramic spraycan with decals