Charity White

American, b. 1986

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Charity White

American, b. 1986

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Charity White installs life-sized, ceramic figures in public spaces to critique social dynamics and public policy in communities. Acting as social interventions, these sculptures reveal how urban design can control, influence, and suppress behavior. In her series Prescriptive Space, for example, the artist bisected sleeping figures around the armrests of city benches, highlighting the deterrence purposely designed to make resting impractical and uncomfortable for people experiencing homelessness. White’s sculptures elicit a variety of responses, which she often documents on hidden motion sensor cameras as a part of the work. An artist activist, White also often involves the community in her process, interviewing city officials and planners, or working with youth to artistically express their own racial and social experiences.

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Charity White installs life-sized, ceramic figures in public spaces to critique social dynamics and public policy in communities. Acting as social interventions, these sculptures reveal how urban design can control, influence, and suppress behavior. In her series Prescriptive Space, for example, the artist bisected sleeping figures around the armrests of city benches, highlighting the deterrence purposely designed to make resting impractical and uncomfortable for people experiencing homelessness. White’s sculptures elicit a variety of responses, which she often documents on hidden motion sensor cameras as a part of the work. An artist activist, White also often involves the community in her process, interviewing city officials and planners, or working with youth to artistically express their own racial and social experiences.