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Laura Gaiger

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Degree: BA Hons (Glasgow) MFA (Bergen)
University: Glasgow School of Art, Bergen Academy of Art and Design
Graduation Year: 2018

New Blood Art Statement

Laura Gaiger studied at Glasgow School of Art, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Painting and Printmaking. She is currently undertaking an MFA at Bergen Faculty of Art, Music and Design, in Norway, with a focus on painting. Laura's paintings bring together an eclectic mix of techniques and imagery, unified by the recurring themes of memory and domestic life. Her work has been influenced by writers on the psychology of space, principally Gaston Bachelard, by the phenomenon of the romantic pastoral, and by the Jungian tradition of the collective unconscious - from this foundation she explores the notion of home.

Artist Statement

In my current work I particularly seek to evoke a sense of the ‘saudade’ or ‘hiraeth’ - bittersweet nostalgia for part-real, part-imagined histories and places. My imagery references make-believe, childhood worlds, and loss. I ask, can we ever go home? The answer is always no, but the paintings might give a fleeting glimpse of it. These questions are perhaps most apparent in the works which utilise filmic domestic imagery to call forth narrative using autobiographical sources. Other paintings reveal their meanings more slowly, in domestic scenery and remembered places glimpsed between joyous expressive marks, suggesting the complexity of visual experience and psychological space. I am deeply invested in the chemistry(/alchemy) of painting and I experiment with historic recipes when preparing surfaces and paints. This has led me to consider the separation between the craft of painting and the art of the image, and to resist the negation of materiality in representational painting by avoiding standard modes of presentation like canvas on stretchers (I often opt for labour-intensive gessoed panels, and there is a private performative aspect to this work, which constitutes a form of meditation and preparation for the more stimulated, charged act of creating form and colour.) A scholarship to Florence in 2016 allowed me to research the enduring contradiction of painting as both ornamentation and fine art, through studying frescoes, and as a consequence some of my recent works refer to early Italian fresco design in their composition and the decorative motifs employed. Influenced by the possibility of fluidity within the taxonomies of high and low in the visual, and the languages of formalism, symbolism, figuration and decoration, I transition freely between all of these modes and play at the boundary between representation and abstraction. 

Exhibitions

Education

Bergen Academy of Art and Design (UiB KMD).
MFA 2018 - 2020
The Glasgow School of Art. BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking 2011 – 2016

Prizes & Scholarships 

2018, SUPPERTIME, Laura Gaiger & Sarah Wilson, Crownpoint Studios, Glasgow 
2017, Shortlisted for the Jerwood Visual Arts Artist Bursary
2017, John Kinross Travelling Scholarship to Florence
2017, Helping on the Farm, Unit 42, The Hidden Lane, Glasgow
2017, Glasgow Splash, Palma, Mallorca
2017, Transmission Gallery Members’ Show, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
2017, About Painting, Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre, Motherwell
2017, RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2017, New Scottish Artists, David Roberts Art Foundation, London
2017, Lemon Yellow, (with Sarah Wilson), The Old Hairdressers', Glasgow
2017, RSA New Contemporaries, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh
2017, Pendolino Vol. 1, The New Glasgow Society, Glasgow
2016, Collective Memory: The Past and Future is Ours, Bushwick Studios, New York and Celine, Glasgow 2016, RSA Open, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2016, Painting & Decorating: Glasgow School of Art Degree Show, Glasgow
2016, Painters Gonna Paint, The Tontine Building, Glasgow
2016, Recent Paintings, The Tontine Cafe, Glasgow
2016 Longlisted for the Woon Foundation Art Prize 
2016 RESIDENCIES Artist in Residence at The Royal Drawing School, Dumfries House, Ayrshire: October 2016 EXHIBITIONS 2018, RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 
2015, Painting, The Plinth: The Plinth, Glasgow
2015, Construction & Destruction, The Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine
2015, Nepal, SWG3, Glasgow
2015, Safe and Healthy, The McLellan Galleries, Glasgow
2015, Painting In, The Art School, Glasgow
2014, Hung Up: Joint exhibition with Evie Cooper, Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
2014, Head (and other mistakes): Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
2014, 200%, Reid Building at The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

Original works:

Untitled (Deconstruction)

By Laura Gaiger

£500

The Life Room

By Laura Gaiger

£500

Corner of a Room

By Laura Gaiger

£500

Untitled Hexaptych (Summer Hol...

By Laura Gaiger

£800

Untitled Hexaptych (Running)

By Laura Gaiger

£800

Untitled (Still Life)

By Laura Gaiger

£400

Untitled Hexaptych (Mum)

By Laura Gaiger

£850

Sold Artworks:

A Wall in Florence

By Laura Gaiger

SOLD