Penelope Davis creates jellyfish forms by taking the detritus of contemporary technologies and combining these with organic source material such as leaves and seaweed. These works reflect on, and embody, a painstaking attempt to recuperate an appreciation for the natural world, our symbiotic relationship with it, and the necessity of our shared future.
Penelope Davis was born and lives in Melbourne. Davis is primarily known as a post-photographic artist creating photographs without a camera. Her final images are not simple photographs but are cameraless photograms or scans that capture light refracting through transparent resin casts taken from objects such as analogue camera and old books. Using complicated sculptual techniques. Davis makes silicone moulds then resin casts of the now absent objects. finally light is passed through the casts to expose photographic paper that is devoloped and printed. The result is an indexical trace of an object many steps removed from its origin. In doing so, the works record not only images but a process – a chain of transformations and inversions – akin to the processes of photography itself but one that recasts photography in a new light.
Artist: Penelope Davis, Sea change (Installation View), MARS Gallery. Photo: Matthew Stanton
Represented by MARS gallery, Melbourne
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