Charlotte Richardson-Deppe is an interdisciplinary artist from St. Paul, Minnesota. Growing up, she performed in musical theater and opera as well as training in circus arts at Circus Juventas, where she excelled in aerial arts. Her artistic focus expanded towards studio art while studying at Grinnell College, where she became enamored with sculpture, performance art, and installation while continuing to train in dance, theater, and vocal music. Charlotte’s artistic experiences include performing with the Riverbed Theater Company in an installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan; learning weaving and fiber arts as an intern at Weaving Hand Studio in Brooklyn, NY; serving as program Assistant Director and teaching artist at Urban Arts Academy in Minneapolis, MN; and completing a Resident Artist Fellowship at NE Sculpture in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from Grinnell in 2019 with a double major in Studio Art and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and she is currently a first-year MFA student at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Charlotte’s artistic practice draws on her identities as a queer, chronically ill woman. Her work is labor intensive, abstract, and precise. Themes that regularly appear in her work include systems of reliance, attachment, support, and entanglement. Her experience in dance and aerial arts imparts physicality and a preoccupation with interaction between bodies and sculptures into her work. Most recently Charlotte has been using soft sculpture to translate angular interlocking forms onto a pliable medium.