On Friday 24 April two incredible solo exhibitions, Sarah Louise Davey’s ‘The Garden of No Distant Place’ and Nicomi Nix Turner’s ‘No God for a Wanderer’ open at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia. Both artists explore through their chosen media, sculpture and drawing, questions around connection and the depth and fragility of our relationship with earth and nature.
Sarah Louise Davey | The Garden of No Distant Place
Nicomi Nix Turner | No God for a Wanderer
24 April – 6 June 2015
Opening reception: Friday, April 24th • 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Through the vessel of the figure and materiality of clay, I create sculptural objects and installations to evoke intuitive, visceral responses informed by our subjective notions of physical image and societal norms. I question my own experiences of these through the various personalities that emerge with each hybrid portrait, as they are often a mix of whimsical beauty and exaggerated macabre. Posture and pose illustrate the psychological scope of the feral female while their wide-eyed gazes portray an emotional duality that is constantly evolving within each beastly image. At the heart of these works is the eternal push and pull of the spirit. The two-headed beast, the twin within, living just beneath the skin, sharing the shell and breathing life in through the cracks. They are psychic creatures blistered by hope and beaten with twinges of nostalgia.
The Garden of No Distant Place
The pieces I create reflect subject matters pertaining to biological deconstructionism, nature’s legacy, alchemy, fables and counter-religious belief. In an orchestra of hyper-textured saturation, I aim to capture a cacophony of silent movement and erratic soliloquies in each piece.