For her first solo exhibition in a UK institution, British artist Lydia Gifford (born Cheltenham, 1979) has produced a new body of work for BALTIC’s ground floor gallery space. The exhibition explores Gifford’s on-going concern with the language of painting and the balance between painting and object. The works, of a scale that is dictated by the artist’s own dimensions, have an almost human presence. Layered painted surfaces take on a skin-like translucency that, on close inspection, reveals a complex working and reworking. A tension arises in Gifford’s work between structure and surface, interior and exterior. Yet there is playfulness too, a pliability that Gifford seeks to bring from the medium of drawing into working with materials such as wood and paint.