No.42 by GuestHouse is proud to support The Margate Art Prize 2023
Artist Graham Carter is something of an enigma. After several years working in theatre, he moved to the coastal Moroccan town of Essaouira. There, he devised these works which began as a game he played with his son while they cleared plastic waste from the beaches; creating faces in the sand. As such, these playful assemblages bear a serious message about care for the environment. Only seven of these pieces were ever made, and these four are the last of a very limited edition. Recently, Graham returned to Essaouira, suspecting he might gather more material to repurpose – but thankfully – he found the landscape devoid of plastic pollution.
Drawing on local history, memory and architecture, Margate Reimagined is a present-day vision of Margate with an alternative past. Bringing together heritage, both real and imaginary, this project speculates about a town that might have been, or could yet become.
Twinkle Troughton presents a new body of work that explores her unsettled feelings about the political landscape in the UK since the Brexit vote. The paintings feature ominous lone topiary trees, in a state of decay and revealed in a haunting light. Solvents and paints interact, literally eroding the landscapes they depict, as a metaphor for the UK's fragile relationship with its closest neighbours, and of a class system clinging to notions of an empire that no longer exists.
Lily Mixe is a French artist who lives and works in Margate, UK. At the centre of her work is the natural world, but these subjects are rendered otherworldly - as aliens from our own planet. Lily studies the intricacies of species that live alongside us yet are often overlooked; presenting them as creations that offer reminders of how beautiful and complex life on Earth can be.
Oliver Hymans is an award-winning London-based puppet artist. He has worked internationally; directing, designing and performing in theatre, opera, film, dance, circus and music videos. Oliver's designs, have been presented at a range of world-leading institutions, including Tate Modern, The National Gallery, The Little Angel Theatre, The Royal Albert Hall, Arcola Theatre, and the Camden Roundhouse.
Jenna Rossi-Camus is a curator, historian and designer whose practice is rooted in drawing as a method of exploration and expression. For this exhibition, she committed herself to observing Margate's nightlife: capturing the gestures, attitudes and fashions of individuals in the tradition of reportage illustration and the works of Henri de Toulouse Lautrec.
Rachael Champion’s works explore the physical, material, and historical relationships between ecology, industry, and the built environment. Her sculptures and installations often comprise living organisms and ubiquitous building materials. Coalescing at an intersection between biology, geology, and architecture, Champion’s work addresses the corporeality of the materials we extract, transform, and consume.
Jonathan Trayte’s work is informed by the languages of commerce and the manipulation of consumer decision-making processes and explores the psychology of desire through surface, material, light and colour. His work seeks to synthesise the natural and the artificial through form, texture and colour, producing chameleonic structures that have an almost edible quality.