"Rosalind Davis observes the tension between the personal and the order, beginning with a focus on public housing. Aside from her curatorial work, she is a published author and an artist in her own right. Her practice has developed from an exterior view of buildings to stepping inside the room and exploring the space within. 'Haus Constructiv' 2017 is a modular structure of steel, perspex and thread. It plays off last century's constructivist and concrete artists to create a transformative piece which looks to fold, shift, disassemble, lean and reconfigure itself with endless possibilities. Rosalind relates this to her earlier paintings of brutalist and modernist buildings as if she's 'taken the structure and pulled it out and turned it into a sculpture'.
Watercolour drawings were a crucial prolepsis to the piece. Indeed the 'drawing in space' nature of the work is upheld when seen through a camera lens. Steel rods become black ink lines while the semi-translucent plastic panels appear as watery paint washes. One functions to hold the piece together; to give it strength. While the other pulses an electric charge of light around the room. Together with its ability to change composition, there is a circular narrative portraying how we move through space while adapting to structure and how we adapt structure to the way we move through space. So there's an ongoing negotiation between our perspective of being external to the structure and our bodily experience of interacting with it."
Jillian Knipe, Wall Street International. Read the full article here
Rosalind Davis is an artist whose central concern is the transformation and reconfiguration of space through multiple disciplines. Beginning with the highly rationalised and objective language of architecture, Davis dis-assembles its geometries to re-create new and multifaceted spaces. The resulting environments probe the relationships between both the physical and psychological aspects of space.
Constructed from modular elements these site-specific installations are re-assembled afresh for each exhibition and respond according to the particular architectural conditions of the site, such as scale and light. They are constructed using flexible individual elements such as steel frames, transparent and luminous perspex sheets, thread and monochrome paintings. The steel structures allude in their scale and proportions to windows or doors - portal like openings that allude to the boundaries between spaces. Incorporating both 2 and 3D models of space engages the viewer in a process of looking, interpreting and constructing space for themselves through their own individual experience. The subjective and dis-orienting nature of the work establishes relationships between the personal and the systematic, highlighting a disparity between the imagined and the real. This seeks to re-claim the failed ideals of modernist space and intimate a more personalised space of one’s own creation.
Her paintings and drawings are part of this same process but in 2d form representing another 3d space….where complex interior and exterior spaces are collaged together and abstracted.
Entry Point, a steel and thread sculpture suspended in the stairwell, effortlessly achieves a harmony of materials, form and space that evokes approval of the modernist integration of art and life
Reviewed on a-n.co.uk by David Gledhill. Read more here.
Site-Specific Projects have been at Arthouse1, no format Gallery, The Furniture Makers Hall, ASC Gallery and project space.