Wednesday, February 17, 2010

5 x 5 Submission 50 - Dani Davis

Dani Davis


The paintings of Dani Davis are poetic portals for the human psyche. Seas of obsessive markings, tactile textures, and vibrant colors coalesce in wall-sized oil paintings that provoke child-like wonder and imagination. Characteristic of her style is a sense of nostalgia created through blurred effects, faded figures, and repetition. These pieces can all be threaded to Davis's upbringing in the northern wilderness where she spent many days exploring the woods and water.

Aside from experience, Davis references snapshots and uses the concept of the snapshot as a spring board for experimentation--using photographic techniques like triple-negatives, and cropping before picking up the paint brush. Such techniques as these metaphorically parallel her ideas concerning the process of memory-making in which we are constantly overlaying, repeating, cropping, and enhancing the lives we know. Davis's process results in pictorial experiences that provoke the senses, celebrate nature, and leave us to a world of memory and wonder often bewildered amongst contemporary culture.

Dani Davis received a BFA from The University of Michigan, and also studied at The Glasgow School of Art. She currently lives and works in

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