Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Faryn Davis at Bluebottle on June 4

Artist Reception:
Sat, June 4, 7:00 - 10:00 P.M.
Wednesday, June 1 - Thursday, June 30

Bluebottle Art Gallery and Store
415 East Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Tues - Fri 1 - 7, Sat - Sun 12 - 6

About Faryn Davis

Faryn Davis originally hails from the hills of Western North Carolina where she grew up in a rural mountain setting among cows, tobacco fields and a strong folk arts tradition. There she spent many days wandering and collecting plants, tadpoles, bugs, feathers, nests, bones, vials of dirt, scraps of paper, and other biological what-nots and hoarding them away in small boxes.

She has carried on this tradition as a “collector of small, powerful things” in many ways in her mixed media art which often incorporates found organic elements into illuminated, shrine-like forms and cast-resin paintings. She has been pursuing art-making from an early age and went on to study art in North Carolina School of the Arts, France, Nepal, and received a BFA in sculpture at University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2000. She has been living in Seattle for almost 3 years and continues to live and create work full-time out of her creaky Bainbridge Island studio with her cats Mimi Small Bird and Minky.

Artist Statement

“We wake, if we ever wake at all, to mystery, rumors of death, beauty, violence…”
-Annie Dillard

In my work, I incorporate a wide array of media such as wood, clay, resin, light, paint, wax, and various found objects and texts into works which often explore the tenuous balances between power and fragility, eternity and transience, and the sacred and the mundane. Additional themes of ritual, memory, and imperfection appear from time to time as well. Also shaping my work are Medieval iconography and reliquaries, religious shrines and roadside alters from around the world, the Japanese aesthetics of “wabi-sabi,” the many found fragments and cast-off ephemera found in my wanderings, old and decaying things, lost and fragile things, and imperfectly beautiful things.

Many of these works reflect my ongoing exploration of the illuminated reliquary form as well as small cast-resin sculptures and paintings on wood. Many works have also increasingly been influenced by the Northwest and all things foggy, mysterious, vaguely remembered, and blue-gray. For me, these intimate pieces evoke a world veiled, powerful, and raw; a world of hope and longing…


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