Sunday, 19 March 2017

Gathering Shadows



Suzanne Davey, Gathering Shadows, ceramic, bricks, bones. wood, charcoal, shells, metal, 70cm  x 300cm x 300cm

Gathering Shadows is a site responsive installation that responds to the changing cultural history of the Coal Loader, Waverton, from its indigenous heritage, land use on the site, its role in facilitating the coal mining industry through to its current role as a centre for sustainability on the harbour foreshore. 

The work considers our inter-dependence with site histories (indigenous, animal, geological) and the potential future consequences of our collective actions and inaction towards environmental ecologies. 

Notions of temporal flows, site ruptures and dis-ruptures, surface wounds and healing are investigated.

The work explores clay as a media shaped by human touch and the ceramic traditions of containment. Unable to hold back their contents shells, small animal bones, charcoal and bricks flow and spill in the shadows of the ceramic forms. 

Installation detail Gathering Shadows, ceramic, bricks, small animal bones, wood, charcoal, shells, metal,
70cm  x 300cm x 300cm
  
Ceramic form detail, Gathering Shadows, ceramic, bricks, small animal bones. wood, charcoal, shells, metal, 65cm  x 45cm x 45cm

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Collecting Mountains



Suzanne Davey, Collecting Mountains, sound, ceramics, photography
 and mixed media. 220cm x 200cm x 150cm

Collecting Mountains is multidisciplinary installation created for EARTH: Four Elements exhibition at Warringah Creative Space. The project includes sound, photography, ceramics, plants, books relating to mountains, topographical maps of mountainous areas, domestic furniture, bricks and volcanic rocks. The sound element was a soothing Mountain Meditation repeated continuously. It was created by Wendy Wood, University of Derby, as part of a nursing workshop on compassion focussed therapy.

Collecting Mountains reflects upon our complex and contradictory interrelationship with geology and our passive observations of the altered ecologies of the earths surface as we go about our day to day lives.

The work investigates mountains as a cultural construct upon which we project our desires for conquest, escape from the everyday, for spiritual fulfillment, our thirst for exploration and aspirational dreams. They fulfil key physical and psychological human needs yet we transform them irrevocably via land acquisition, large scale landscaping, mining and architectural interventions.

The installation explores clay as an earth resource transformed by human action and draws upon ceramic decorative traditions of display in a domestic context, as passive background to our everyday experiences.

Collecting Mountains asks how we might re-imagine our future relationship with the earths surface and considers how we may evolve into a sustaining species through reflection and thoughtful action.

Ceramic detail, Suzanne Davey, Upside Down Mountain Pot, stoneware,
 metal stand, plant 180
cm x 55cm x 55cm


Installation detail, Suzanne Davey, Book Mountain, stoneware,
books (mountain books not depicted), 50cm x 60cm x 35cm




Ceramic detail, Suzanne Davey, Slices of Mountains,
stoneware, 
220cm x 200cm x 150cm


Installation detail, Suzanne Davey, ceramic from Shadowlands series,
stoneware, 25cm x20cm x 20cm


Saturday, 19 March 2016

Exhale: SEED STITCH Contemporary Textile Exhibition


Suzanne Davey Exhale, fabric, resin, thread, steel 140cm x 60cm x 60cm

Exhale featured in SEED STITCH Contemporary Textiles, an exhibtion curated by distinguished artist Soraya Abidin.  Exhale aims to investigate moments in-between: between our conscious and unconscious states and the interior and exterior spaces we exist in as we navigate the the whirl of known and unknown factors in our contemporary world.


Recieving the Betty Stirton award. From left Artist and SEED STITCH curator Soraya Abidin,
Betty Stirtons neice, Betty Stirton OAM and Suzanne Davey


I was thrilled to win the Betty Stirton Award! Betty Stirton OAM dedicated herself to textile education as a TAFE teacher for 35 years.




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Thursday, 19 November 2015

What Remains: SALTWATER exhibition Manly Art Gallery

Suzanne Davey, What Remains, ceramic, salt, 50cm x 250cm x 100cm
What Remains features in SALTWATER, an exhibition currently on at Manly Art Gallery. The ceramic sculpture and salt installation responds to the ocean as a dystopic landscape. It explores the sea as a place where contemporary human dramas are played out as people seek sanctuary and safe harbour, and as a site of irreversible ecological and geographical loss in a climate changed future. The work is a fragile memorial relic that references our complex cultural, psychological and corporeal connections to the ocean through motifs of human and marine anatomy as well as maritime architecture. Despite human loss and environmental destruction 'what remains' is the chance to seek new responses and political solutions to human struggles.

SALTWATER celebrates the vibrant arts community of Sydney’s Northern Beaches at Manly Art Gallery and showcases new art works by 45 Northern Beaches artists.
The exhibiting artists have taken inspiration from a single theme - Saltwater. “The concept of ‘Saltwater’ has been a recurring area of interest for Manly Art Gallery & Museum throughout 2015 and was chosen to reflect the multiple possibilities and perspectives of saltwater as an idea, a metaphor, a possibility, a physical place and as a cultural presence,” said Senior Curator Katherine Roberts. Saltwater includes photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, glass and ceramics.
Suzanne Davey, What Remains, ceramic, salt, 50cm x 250cm x 100cm

Suzanne Davey, What Remains, ceramic, salt, 50cm x 250cm x 100cm


Public Art Project Avalon Art Carnivale 7-21 November



Windsongs public art installation and flags both feature in the public art carnivale at Avalon. Created by Suzanne Davey, Christina Frank and Lisa Marshall they feature reconfigured discarded umbrellas and together they speak of fragility and the power of transformation.

Suzane Davey, Christina frank, Lisa Marshall Windsongs public art installation, mixed media 350 x550 x 400cm

















Monday, 7 September 2015

Shadow Pop Up Sculpture Mosman Festival


Suzanne Davey, Shadow, 250cm x 300cm x 90cm, steel, styrofoam, paper pulp, paint

Shadow is a sculptural response by artist Suzanne Davey to the opening of the Mosman Art Gallery exhibition The Unending Shadow, an exhibition of artworks by prominent Australian mother and daughter artists, Ann and Sophie Cape. Together they have made a series of challenging new artworks exploring the phenomena of Dementia and its impact within the community. The exhibition examines the emotional and psychological ‘spaces’ that people with dementia inhabit, as well as those of their family, friends and loved ones. Works can be seen Thursday 10 September-Sunday 29 November 2015. Shadow is a pop up sculpture for Mosman Festival 2015.



Friday, 4 September 2015

The Gravity of Moments

Suzanne Davey, The Gravity of Moments, fabric, steel, resin, 350cm x 350cm x 350cm

The Gravity of Moments is a large suspended installation that flutters in the breeze. The work is featured in Sculpture in the Glen, along with 50 local, national and international artists work and includes small indoor and large outdoor sculptures in a variety of media. The exhibition is curated by Penny Philpott and celebrates Glen Street Theatre's 30th anniversary. It opens 5 September and continues untill 25 October 2015. The ethereal sculpture responds to its theatrical site and bushland gardens.