Rebecca Payne joined us in March 2020 bringing a fresh artistic perspective to our space. With a blend of fine art, moving image, photography and installation, Rebecca further adapts her innovative skill-set to traditional wildlife filmmaking and documentary photography. Rebecca studied Fine Art in Cardiff and then gained her MA in Wildlife Filmmaking in Bristol. Rebecca lived in Cornwall in 2009 to train as an art teacher, promoting inclusive art, sharing photography, art and media to teach teenagers with special needs. After studying for her masters, she worked with the BBC Natural History Unit in TV Production, eventually moving back to Cornwall.
For Rebecca, the interaction between wild spaces and anthropogenic impact is significant within her work. This approach is “evocative” and gives way to non-linear and immersive storytelling. She interrogates the “layers that create a sense of place, internally and externally.” Rebecca is excited to use the Fish Factory darkroom to develop sustainable photo-development processes. Her current project is a response to the lockdown of 2020, all shot from her Falmouth balcony and exploring transformative viewpoints. Rebecca is looking forward to working alongside other artists in the studio, finding comfort from the shared “persistent need to externalise the imagery or objects in our heads.”