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Monday, 15 February 2010

Gaea Todd at Marsden Woo Project Space

[Details on Request] were very pleased to attend the opening of Gaea Todd’s work at the Marsden Woo Project Space. The first clue to Todd’s work were two knots of hair attached to the banisters of the stairs- these knots formed the beginning of a glass runged Rapunzel ladder which fell down to the basement Project Space where there were a series of glass based installations.

[DoR] were fascinated by the red wine filled glass tubes of ‘Reverberations’ which protruded from three walls surrounding and containing the viewer. The feeling of wonderment at the technical skill of the installation was matched by an acute awareness of self as any movement made could move (or snap) any of the rods. In Study 4, thick molasses will move through a series of glass funnels and shoots mapped across one wall of the Project Space eventually creating a relief drawing.

Gaea Todd’s use of glass alongside fluid hints at something cold and clinical but this is given a more organic twist as she allows the liquids the freedom to move and change within her pieces of work. These installations, whilst remaining delicate, also demand the viewers concentrated observations like that of a scientific experiment.

'Gaea Todd studied at the Royal College of Art, London from 2004 - 2006 and at Brighton University from 2000 - 2003. Some notable events in her career to date include selection for The Bombay Sapphire Prize exhibition, 2006 and the creation of a site-specific sculpture, ‘Plug Hole’, for a derelict house in Lumsden, made as part of the Summer Scottish Sculpture Residency in 2007. She has recently completed an ‘Emerging Artist’ residency at Kingsgate Workshops, London and is currently an Artist in Residence at Middlesex University.' 


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