Nance Davies ::: Artist’s Statement
I am an interdisciplinary and mixed media artist. My work explores the condition of empathy and inter-relationship and interdependence of all life forms. I map the spaces where public and private experiences collide – by constructing a matrix of surreal juxtaposition through the poetics of hybrid imagery. I do this by allowing my senses, intellect and intuition to flow freely and create new fusions. I am especially drawn to the spaces where site, audience and the process of making intersect.
Recently, I have been exploring the concept and structure of the musical form ‘fugue’ – a polyphonic composition based upon multiple themes, enunciated by several voices in turn. Fugue is also a term used in Psychiatry to describe a period during which a person suffers memory loss. I am investigating the condition of contemporary consciousness and identity – as it maneuvers, morphs, and sometimes forgets itself in our constantly shifting and unstable world. This phenomenon intensifies at the interface between our private and public lives – now located at the digital screen through which we slip back and forth – shedding the body for virtual echoes in repeating cycles. Authentic encounters recede as the performance becomes increasingly isolated, superficial and hollow. Who performs? Who witnesses? What is lost when we lose the wisdom of the contingent body-mind? How does the music of the universe become the noise in the ‘airlock’?
My work occurs across this complex terrain – geographical place, virtual space, psychological space, and the movement in-between. My original media – painting and drawing – influence my voice in video (moving image) development. Currently – media includes both tactile and virtual / electronic material [video, sound, and light]. Contexts are installation space (art venues) and moving spaces (i.e. subway trains and stations), online moving-image sites, and large public projections spaces. The interstitial influences both my conceptual concerns and my formal decisions.
My current project: Fugue – is composed of several short experimental video-sound pieces. I have exhibited a few of these works individually and in combination. My intention is to exhibit the work as an immersive installation – with the individual looping videos covering all the walls in an art venue – or perhaps – a site specific space.