Bio

(b. 1975 in Helsinki, Finland)

Caroline Slotte is currently Professor of Ceramic Art at KHiO–Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway.

Slotte holds an MA in Ceramics from Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway, in addition to education from Denmark and Finland. From 2007 to 2011 Slotte was a research fellow in the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme. Affiliated with Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Dept of Specialised Art, she was also a member of the interdisciplinary research project Creating Art Value, funded by the Research Council of Norway.

The reworking of second hand objects play a pivotal role in Caroline Slotte´s practice. She manipulates found materials, primarily ceramic everyday items, so that they take on new meanings. The tensions between the recognizable and the enigmatic, the ordinary and the unexpected are recurring thematic concerns. More recent explorations reveal an expanded interest in material perception and material recognition, teasing out situations where the initial visual identification fails resulting in an unsettling state of material confusion. Demonstrating an engaged sensitivity towards the associations, memories and narratives inherent in the objects, Slotte´s intricate physical interventions allows us to see things we would otherwise not have seen.

Slotte´s works have been exhibited internationally and acquired by, among others, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg, the Design Museum in Helsinki and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Oslo.

 

CV

Employment
2017- Professor of Ceramic Art, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (NO)
2003- Studio Artist
Education
2007-11 Research fellow (PhD). Bergen Academy of Art and Design (N), Dept. of Ceramic Art
2001-03 MA. Bergen Academy of Art and Design (N), Dept. of Ceramic Art
1995-98 BA. Designskolen Kolding (DK), Dept. of Ceramics and Glass
Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions
2018 Riska & Slotte (with Kristina Riska), Gallery Format, Oslo (NO)
2016 PAGES (with Kjell Rylander), Konsthantverkarna, Stockholm (SE)
2014 Caroline Slotte, Kunstnerforbundet Gallery, Oslo (N)
2010 Going Blank Again, Gallery s.e, Bergen (N)
2009 Biennale exhibition, Porsgrunn Art Society (N)
2007 Beyond Blue Skies, Arabia Museum Gallery, Helsinki (FIN)
2006 On grandmother’s porch, Sinne Gallery, Helsinki (FIN)
2003 re: presentations, Artisaani Gallery, Helsinki (FIN)
2000 Terra Fragilis, Septaria Gallery, Helsinki (FIN)
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Earth Piece, Everson Museum, Syracuse (US)
2019 Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, XXII Triennale di Milano, Milan (IT)
2019 Keep Your Garden Alive, The Finnish Cultural Institute, Paris (FR)
2018 Hjemmets skatter, Blaafarvevaerket, Modum (NO)
2018 Revive, Remix, Respond, The Frick Pittsburgh (US)
2017 Visioning Future Through Craft and Design: Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2017, Cheongju (KR)
2017 Oi Suomi, katso, LOKAL, Helsinki (FIN)
2016 Collective Design Fair, Skylight Clarkson Sq, New York (US)
2016 At Your Service, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (US)
2015 Drawing, National Glass Centre, Sunderland (UK)
2015 My Blue China!, Bernardaud Foundation, Limoges (FR)
2015 Zwinger und Ich, Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal (N)
2014 Transformator, Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal (N)
2014 Ceramics & Space, Design Museum, Helsinki (FIN)
2014 Helsinki Fat Clay, Arabia Museum Gallery, Helsinki (FIN)
2014 At Your Service, Bellevue Art Museum, Washington (USA)
2013 Vociferous Void at the British Ceramics Biennial, Spode Factory, Stoke-on-Trent (UK)
2013 Horizon, Museum of Decorative Arts, Oslo (N)
2013 Tendencies – Tenderness, Galleri F15, Moss (N)
2013 New Blue-and-White, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (USA)
2012 Helsinki Fat Clay, Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche,
Faenza + Galleria Officine Saffi, Milan (IT)
2012 Conceptual Ceramics, Vendsyssel Museum of Art, Hjørring (DK)
2012 Making Knowledge, Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Stockholm (SE)
2011-12 The Tool at Hand, Milwaukee Art Museum (USA)
2011-12 Thing Tang Trash: Upcycling in Contemporary Ceramics,
The West Norway Museum of Applied Art, Bergen (N)
2011 Transformation-Metamorphosis, Galerie Handwerk, München (DE)
2011 Between Tradition and Future: Cheongju International Craft Biennale,
Cheongju (South-Korea)
2011 Blue, Flow Gallery, London (UK)
2011 Pyhäniemi 2011, Hollola (FIN)
2011 Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Saatchi Gallery, London (UK).
Represented by Gallery Norsu (FIN).
2010 Currency- 7th Edition Think Tank: A European Initiative for the Applied Arts,
Kammerhof Museum, Gmunden (Austria)
2010 Le Cru et le Cuit, Galerie Favardin & de Verneuil, Paris (FR)
2010 Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Saatchi Gallery, London (UK).
Represented by Galleri Kunst1 (N).
2010 Korero – Taiwan Ceramics Biennale 2010, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum (Taiwan)
2010 Gl’amour, Oulu Museum of Art (FIN)
2010 Modus Operandi, Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim (N)
2009 Non Objective: Contemporary Ceramics, Lodz Design Festival (Polen)
2009 Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Saatchi Gallery, London (UK).
Represented by Galleri Kunst1(N).
2009 STILL, Galerie Sofie Lachaert, Tielrode (Belgium)
2009 OTTO, Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid (ESP)
2009 Modus Operandi, Gallery Zink, Lillehammer (N)
2009 Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (USA)
2008 OTTO, Vantaa Art Museum (FIN)
2007 Tendenser, Gallery F15 (N)
2007 PRESENT, Gallery Bomuldsfabriken (N)
2006 Languages, Museum of Applied Art, Copenhagen (DK)
Design Projects
2012 Ostindia Floris, Rörstrand (S)
Public Collections
MoMA–Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA)
SKMU–Sörlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand (NO)
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm (S)
Ariana Museum, Geneva (CH)
Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg (S)
The Victoria & Albert Museum (UK)
Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections (UK)
National Museum of Decorative Arts, Trondheim (N)
The West Norway Museum of Decorative Art (N)
Design Museum, Helsinki (FIN)
Museum of Arts and Design, New York (USA)
Craft Museum of Finland
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Norway (N)
The Finnish Art Society
The National Museum of Scotland (UK)
The Museum of Decorative Arts, Oslo (N)
The State Art Collection (FIN)
The Pro Artibus Foundation (FIN)
Published Writings
2016 “A Room full of Amber – and other Manias”, Zwinger und Ich. Exhibition catalogue. Stockholm: Network for Nordic Contemporary Ceramics 2016
2013 “It starts now”, Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void. Exhibition catalogue. Bergen Academy of Art and Design/British Ceramics Biennial 2013
2013 “Essays in Blue”, Ceramic Review, May/June 2013
2012 “Making Knowledge Visible”, Making Knowledge. Exhibition catalogue. Stockholm: Gustavsbergs Konsthall 2012
2012 “A Man of Small Gestures”, Kjell Rylander: Archives, Bergen: Bergen Academy of Art and Design/ Gustavsbergs Konsthall 2012
2011 “Stemmen innenfra – den skrivende kunstneren”, BILLEDKUNST 4/2011
2011 Closer/Närmare, Bergen: Bergen National Academy of the Arts 2010
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