Charlotte Richardson-Deppe is a queer feminist artist working between performance and soft sculpture. She received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she teaches drawing, sculpture, and photography as a lecturer in the Department of Art. In Fall 2023 she was the Bresler Resident Artist at VisArts and the Montgomery College Collaborative Artist-in-Residence in Rockville, MD. In Spring 2024, her solo exhibition "Unfurling" will be on display in the Common Ground Gallery at VisArts. She will also be the Artist in Residence in the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Charlotte grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she performed in musical theater and opera as well as training in aerial arts at Circus Juventas. Her artistic focus expanded towards studio art while studying at Grinnell College, where she became enamored with sculpture and installation while continuing to train in dance, theater, and vocal music. At the University of Maryland, she turned toward soft sculpture and performance, forging collaborations across the disciplines of dance, music, photography, and film.
As a queer feminist artist working between soft sculpture and performance, my works mingle bodies and bodily sculptures.
Growing up, I performed aerial arts in a circus, where a web of interdependence keeps you off the ground.
In my own body now, I feel the residual stretch, tension, and ache the circus left in me—remnants of bodies defying gravity by holding one another up.
I exaggerate bodies and replicate limbs, making visible the ways humans connect and relate to one another.