Questions & Answers with Natalia Davis
Find out the inspirations and goals of Natalia Davis in this weeks Q&A.
Natalia Davis is a London based award winning artist. Her work is characterised by bold, energetic brushwork that is both structural and abstract, the paint maps a topography of form, surface and space. Not only is the construction or formation of the image (physical artwork) present in the finished work, but significantly it is the process itself that is central in determining the work. Whilst intensely colourful and abstract at a glance, the eye will continue to extract the detail amongst the paint, mapping the image in the same dynamic by which it was constructed.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I find inspiration all over the place. I think that’s important for any creative. With respect
to my art practice, visually I take inspiration from the places I visit, from physical
architectural spaces, and botanical and urban environments. In terms of ideas, I find
inspiration through reading and research. Most recently however, I have found it is from
people that I have taken the most inspiration; people that are passionate about what they
do, and also those that show genuine interest in what you are passionate about. I find that
Which artists do you admire?
A few names that spring to mind… Janaina Tschape, Helen Chadwick, Clare Chapman,
Louise Bourgeois and Do Hoang Tuong are all artists that have had a lasting impression.
Can you talk about your ideas and how they evolve?
I tend not to think of my work in terms of individual paintings and specific ideas. I
approach my paintings more as an ongoing series of developmental works, which
together explore or make reference to certain underlying themes. Bodies, boundaries,
landscapes, territories, limits and excess, process, formation and deformation are all
points of enquiry. These stem back to my university studies where the theoretical
context was integral to my practice. However, whilst I consider the themes and ideas
underpinning my practice then still relevant to my current work, they no longer define it.
Currently, my work is much more concerned with process and the visual. Starting
with a source image (I work largely from photographs), I do not know what the outcome
of the work will be or how I will get there. The painting process involved very much
determines the way the work develops and ultimately the finished piece.
How would you describe your work?
What is a ‘typical’ workday for you like?
I start work at 8am and leave my house a little before 7am each morning to get to work (I
work as a medical secretary and administrator). Although I currently work full time, my
employers are very good about my art and my finishing hours are flexible. After work I
go to straight to my studio where I spend the rest of the day/evening working on my art.
Everything else I try my best to fit around this!
Professionally what’s your goal?
To be a better artist. I try to set myself short term goals and so these continue to change
as I develop my work and career. More long term professional goals include being able to
exhibit internationally, being involved in more curatorial based exhibitions and beginning
to organise and curate exhibitions myself. Ideally at some point I would like to go into teaching, perhaps working in one of the more research based art programmes.