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Michelle Charles

Kettle's Yard

Born in London in 1959, Michelle Charles developed her artistic career during the nineteen years she spent in the United States before returning to her home country in 2001. This is her first major exhibition in England since then and (except for three photograms from 1998) consists entirely of work produced in London. Charles’s subject matter includes plastic shopping bags, bars of soap, water glasses (empty or filled with milk), bottles, kitchen scrubbers, tea towels, dust cloths, scrubbing brushes, knitting yarn (sometimes tangled), and flies (and their shadows). One wants to know what she means by these motifs she returns to so insistently: If I counted them correctly, for instance—but it was easy to lose track—there were fifty-four images of flies (or their shadows) in Charles’s exhibition at Kettle’s Yard, seventy-nine of glasses, thirty-six of soap. (The images are painted or drawn

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