Kate Davis

Glasgow, United Kingdom
New Zealander
APT London
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Born in 1977 in Wellington, New Zealand, Kate Davis lives and works in Glasgow. Using drawing, collage, print and sculpture, Davis creates open-ended pieces that invite viewers to complete the work. Although mainly object and image-based, her works focus on the passage of time and the perspective brought about through historical distance. Her projects often revisit biographical and art historical events. Her drawings piece together elements of a larger narrative, depicting fragmented subjects caught in a state of metamorphosis. Although meticulously rendered, they appear abstract, shrouded in metaphor and lyricism. Davis also restages other artists’ work within her own as a means of exploring their mitigated legacy and significance today. For her exhibition at Tate Britain in 2007, she reinterpreted Jacob Epstein’s “Torso in Metal from The Rock Drill” (1913–4) and Barbara Kruger’s “Your Body is a Battleground” (1989), creating a clash between these radically different works that explore the relationship between the body and the machine.

Kate Davis has presented solo exhibitions at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (two-person commission with Faith Wilding for Glasgow International) (2010), FOUR, Dublin (with Jimmy Robert) (2009), Sorcha Dallas, Galsgow (2008), Galerie Kamm, Berlin (2007) and Tate Britain, London (2007). Her work has also been shown as part of “The End of the line: attitudes in drawing”, the Hayward Touring Exhibition presented in numerous venues across the United Kingdom (2009), “Open Field” at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow (2008), “Poetical Political” at Simon Lee Gallery, London (2007), “Like Leaves” at Tonya Bondakar Gallery, New York (2007) and “If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution” at De Appel Amsterdam (2006). Moreover, Davis was one of the artists who took part in “Zenomap”, the Scottish Pavilion for the 50th Venice Biennale (2003). She has been awarded the Glasgow City Council Artist’s Award (2003 and 2005), as well as the Chairman’s Medal for Fine Art (2000) and the Society of Scottish Artists Award (2000).

Kate Davis is represented by Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow and Galerie Kamm, Berlin.

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