AboutKingsgate Workshops Trust and Kingsgate Gallery presents work created by Lisa Payne, Gaea Todd and Alaena Turner, recipients of the Kingsgate Emerging Artist Residency in 2009. The Kingsgate Emerging Artist Residency supports the early career development of three artists/craft practitioners each year. Recipients are provided with a subsidised studio for 12 months with mentoring support and a small bursary.
The Residency is designed to support and develop opportunities to assist visual artists of all genres who are in their first three years of professional development. It acts as a bridge between education and professional life, providing artists with time and an opportunity to create work and stimulate dialogue between peers.
Lisa Payne makes sculptural forms that require time and labour in their creation. Payne's practice is concerned with the individual qualities of materials used and her relationship with the processes undertaken. Payne's works explores surface, substance, movement and density, combining a variety of materials which explore the relationship between the integration of the body and object, through a tactile engagement.
Alaena Turner's current body of work crosses traditions of both painting and sculpture, originating from a curiosity about the particular nature of structures that are meant to instruct looking. Drawing from an observation of shop fittings, window displays, information signs, and advertising devices, Turner is interested in how such familiar display structures may be abstracted, by presenting a bulk of material substance or a plane of colour in place of words. Turner's work investigates the chemistry of art-making, developing methods for making paint as a temporary adhesion to attach objects to walls or floors and to push two planes of surface apart.
Gaea Todd makes sculptural forms which are concerned with time and transgression. Working with domestic liquids which serve as metaphors for the corporeal, she constructs time-based works that engage with control, direction, escape and gravity. Todd creates works that blur the distinctions between time and space, whilst wrestling with conceptual values which relate to the human body, its temporality and its transgression. The fragility of Todd's work, coupled with the duration of the liquid movement, constantly maintain a sense of tension and release.