Dd - (Deborah Davies) Hampshire, United Kingdom
I am an artist living in Hampshire, UK working predominantly in sculpture, both small and large scale. I am motivated to make work in response to social and political issues. I often collaborate with other people not traditionally connected to the art world; builders, engineers (both hardware and software). My work is often interactive incorporating the general public participation in the work.
Recognising the power of small acts of resistance, Dd’s work comments on power structures and by inviting viewers to become participants, her work enables small acts of empowerment through engagement with her work. Combining politics, philosophy and psychology, viewer become participant, uncovering beliefs held by viewer/participant consciously or unconsciously. Her work is sculptural working in a variety of mediums, often incorporating low level technology that serves establishing a feedback loop to the viewer/participant. She often uses humour to antagonize and ask difficult political questions as is the case with #DicktatorDon, a modern day interactive voodoo doll whose eyes light up when stabbed in the groin with a metal pin. Such pieces explore the notion of intention, the act of ritual, and the power of representation where effigies are seen to embody the very essence of person. Currently living in Hampshire, Dd’s has exhibited in Europe and the USA. Graduating from West Surrey College of Art and Design in the early 90’s with a BA in Photography she opted for career working as an Investigative journalist for the BBC and other major broadcasters until securing a job with University of London at their Centre for Creative Collaboration in 2010- 2015. She graduated with an MA in Fine Art (Distinction) in 2018 from University For The Creative Arts, Farnham and is currently an Artist in Residence at UCA until September 2019, when she will take up another Artist in Residence at Atkinson Gallery, Millfield School, UK.
27/06/2018 to 30/06/2018
This selected group show exhibition brought together the works of ten contemporary artists produced in 2017/2018 as part of their postgraduate study MA in Fine Art at UCA, Farnham, UK.
|Safehouse 2, London||Details|
14/10/2017 to 15/10/2017
FiLiA Arts exhibition was part of FiLiA annual conference showcasing and disseminating the work of researchers, NGOs, campaigners, artists and individuals who focus on improving the world for women and girls.
|Institute of Education, London||Details|