Kate Davis

Reversibility (It is the body and Excised) Study

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Year 2011
Medium C-print on paper
Dimensions 31.6 x 44 cm

About the work

This print is of a drawing I made of two photographic works by Jo Spence in Glasgow Museum’s storage. I showed a larger version of this work in my exhibition Not Just the Perfect Moments at Drawing Room in 2012. Photography and drawing are brought into close relation with this work and both are questioned as techniques for representing, and caring for, the past. Spence often asked who owned images – especially images of the body. I made this work to reinstate such questioning by treating Spence’s work as the subject or body, and the Museum’s store as the subject’s stage.

About the artist:

Born 1977 New Zealand, Kate Davis lives and works in Glasgow. Graduated from the Glasgow School of Art (2001).

Her work in drawing, moving image, printmaking, installation and bookworks questions how to bear witness to the complexities of the past. Reconsidering what certain histories could look, sound and feel like, this has often involved responding to the aesthetic and political ambiguities of historical art works and their reception.

Selected exhibitions include The Driver’s Seat, Cubitt Gallery, London (2018); Here was Elsewhere >>FFWD, Cooper Gallery DJCAD, Dundee (2018); A Slice Through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings, Drawing Room, London and Modern Art Oxford, Oxford (2018); NOW: Susan Philipsz, Michael Armitage, Yto Barrada, Kate Davis, Hiwa K, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2017); Charity, LUX, London (2017); Nudes Never Wear Glasses, Stills, Edinburgh (2017); The Unswept Floor, Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2016); Not Just the Perfect Moments, The Drawing Room, London (2012); Eight Blocks or a Field, Temporary Gallery, Cologne (2013); Peace at last!, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2012); Ranziges Fett, Galerie Kamm, Berlin (2012); ¿Qué tenemos que hacer con una habitación propia?, Museo de la Ciudad and La Galeria de Comercio, Mexico (2010); The Long Loch: How Do We Go On From Here?, with Faith Wilding, CCA, Glasgow (2010); Outsider, Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow (2008); Your Body is a Battleground Still, Tate Britain, London (2007); and Stop! Stop! Stop!, Kunsthalle Basel (2006).

Awards include the Margaret Tait Award (2017); Creative Scotland Artists Bursary Award (2014); and Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Washington (2012).

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