We are delighted to announce that Lottie Davies and Chris Antemann will join us a Guest Artists for the Young Masters Art Prize and the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize 2014.
Read more about our guest artists below:
“I attribute my obsession for Baroque curves and ornament to my father and his love of chamber music, which fluttered and tapped with precision into the atmosphere giving a sense of movement and life to the delicately modeled and lyrically painted world of the porcelain figure.
At MEISSEN, I am able to work directly from the archives, mining new ideas for my sculptures. The proximity to these early models and objects touched by the hands from the past brings me to my original source of inspiration. Underneath the brilliant invention and charming humor of these figures, I find subtle enchanting motifs in the delicate details, in which I read clues to social customs, romantic relationships and gender roles. In my own work, I have always played with these types of themes and finding them present in the archives of this 300 year-old porcelain manufactory, I am compelled to return to them in my collaboration with MEISSEN. In the ANTEMANN DREAMS collection you will find the tales of trysts and treasures, the tug of war of master and servant and the pairing of the floral-clad maid with the dominance of patriarchal desire.”
Chris Antemann is an American artist known for her contemporary parodies of 18th Century porcelain figurines. Before starting her collaboration with the MEISSEN Porcelain Manufactory in 2011, she lived and worked in the US in the mountains of Eastern Oregon on the grounds of the LH Project, an international residency program for the ceramic arts began by her husband, Jacob Hasslacher.
Chris holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Painting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has exhibited extensively in the United States, Europe, Korea and China. Her work can be found in many private and public collections, including the Museum of Arts and Design, The 21 C. Hotel Museum, The KAMM Teapot Foundation, The Archie Bray Foundation, and the Foshan Ceramic Museum in China. Her artist residencies include The Archie Bray Foundation and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
Chris is continuing to work with MEISSEN on an ongoing collaboration, creating unique artworks as well as a collection of limited editions, under the brand of Antemann Dreams. The newest artworks of the ANTEMANN DREAMS Collection will pe exhibited for the very first time parallel at the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramic Prize 2014 in London, UK and at the MEISSEN Vernissage 2014 in Dresden, Germany.
MEISSEN has generously supported Chris’ contribution to the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize 2014 as a Guest Artist.
Lottie Davies was the winner of the Young Masters Art Prize 2012. She will be exhibiting works from her iconic Memories and Nightmares series and new works from Love Stories.
Lottie Davies was born in Guildford, UK, in 1971. After a degree in philosophy at St Andrews University in Scotland, she moved back to England to learn the photographic trade as an assistant in London, where she has since been based.
Davies’ unique style has been employed in a variety of contexts, including newspapers, glossy magazines, books and advertising. She has won recognition in numerous awards, including the Association of Photographers’ Awards, the International Color Awards, and the Schweppes Photographic Portrait Awards. Her work, particularly the ‘Memories and Nightmares’ series, has garnered international acclaim. Quints won First Prize at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Awards 2008 at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Viola As Twins won the Photographic Art Award, Arte Laguna Prize in Venice in 2011, and her imagery as a whole won the Young Masters Art Prize in 2012.
Davies’ work is concerned with stories and personal histories, the tales and myths we use to structure our lives: memories, life-stories, beliefs. She takes inspiration from classical and modern painting, cinema and theatre as well as the imaginary worlds of literature. She employs a deliberate reworking of our visual vocabulary, playing on our notions of nostalgia, visual conventions and subconscious ‘looking habits’, with the intention of evoking a sense of recognition, narrative and movement. Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery in London, has described Davies’ work as “brilliantly imaginative”.