Miss Nina Davis Artist in Residence
Since Miss Davis joined St Mary's in 2010, she has worked extensively with the girls in and outside of the Art department, during lessons, in enrichment weeks and through extra-curricular activities. Collaborations with St Mary's girls include textile quilts, Olympic textile banners, large Willow sculptures, a manipulated book installation and competition, sculptures, an annual Photographic Competition and many other creative projects. Having previously studied at Bath School of Art and Design, in Textile Design, she has been able to facilitate a broad range of creative textile projects for girls from LIV to UVI.
Botany – A Collection of Paintings and Textiles
Her recent work explores a fascination of botany and natures colours through the changing seasons. These variations of colours have led to a collection of works based on colour exploration, through abstraction and through using dyes and paint to replicate these observations. Layering has always been a prominent feature within her artwork, in whichever subject matter she explores. Through photography, she records the seasons. These images underpin a sense of place, and sometimes the journey which has taken place. Her paintings are a form of layering colours without using stitch. Although these paintings and textiles are not literal interpretations of the subject matter, they appear as echoes of colour, open to interpretation and analysis of ones own.
Her research into using dyes and varieties of fabrics, has led her reveal aspects of cloth and layering techniques which enable her create unique artworks. Her painting sees a new dimension of exploring these layers, whereby she prepares her canvases using materials and substances, before applying the paint. Her brush techniques illustrate her fascination of colour and range of surfaces.
Miss Davis has exhibited her work in London, Birmingham, Bath and Bristol. Her work explores the transient nature of surface textures, cloth, dye and abstraction focusing on bright botanical colour ranges. This exhibition also features girls work, inspired by her work and journeys within a specific place.
This new range of vibrant textiles and St Mary's girls work can be seen at her forthcoming Artist in Residence exhibition:
Journeys - Artist in Residence Exhibition
St Mary's Calne (Main Entrance and Red Hall)
15th March - 10th June 2013
A smaller exhibition of UIV work will be on display at Calne Library
19th April – 3rd May 2013
For further information and current work please follow the link below: