Lisa Payne   Sculpture



Lisa Payne's Axis artist profile

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 My hands are the most valuable tool I have for making sense of the world I find myself in. I feel that visual perception is the initial and cursory layer of the many ways to apprehend and know our environment. I am interested in the integration of the body and object through tactile engagement, sound and smell.


My practice is very much process based with a respect for the intrinsic qualities of the materials I use. I choose materials and processes that require both an investment of time and physical labour. This allows me to have an intimate relationship to the work, exploring surface, substance, movement and density. I often combine materials in an attempt to make a homogonous whole out of disparate parts, which again relates to my interest in perception.


The techniques I use are wide ranging, but they share a common denominator, an ongoing interest in physical knowledge. I carve, mould, cast, glaze or edit video, combining traditional skills with contemporary concerns. Both the urban landscape and natural formations figure in my recent work. I have always had a fascination with geologically occurring demarcation zones, like mountains, forests and beaches and how this translates to our fabricated environments and virtual technologies. They are all layers or sections of perceptual understanding, place and imagination.