Margaret Davidson, "Birch and Cubby", colored pencil on rag paper, 30.5 x 24.5 in, 2019
December 6th - 29th
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 7th, 4-6pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, December 21st, 4pm
i.e. is pleased to present Margaret Davidson's newest body of work in a solo exhibit.
Fir Island artist Margaret Davidson draws with a zen - like attention observing everyday objects. With her simple tool kit of pencils and a still life arrangement she brings a focus that allows us to better see the intrinsic beauty in the mundane: a birch log, old buttons, a layer of sand, a discarded mailer. At times these objects are in startling juxtapositions, but mostly they are just straightforward and sensitively drawn. Sometimes the drawings are on other objects instead of on paper, perhaps a bowl or a twig. And, just as in life, sometimes the drawings are witty or political. There is a whole world in Margaret Davidson's drawings.
Davidson received her MFA in printmaking and drawing from the University of Washington. She has taught at Cornish College of the Art, Gage Academy and Pratt Fine Art Center of Seattle. In 2011 her popular book, Contemporary Drawing : Key Concepts and Techniques was published.
Margaret Davidson, "Dish Towel,"colored pencil on rag paper, 26 x 18 in, 2019
I am interested in the interplay between the drawing mark and the surface. This interplay happens in every kind of drawing whether realist or abstract; I choose to work with it within the still life genre, which is, strangely enough, the realm of art that I find most subtle and exciting, because, as you no doubt already know, still life is not just about the stuff, but also about who collected the stuff and put it there.
I am also interested in the relationship in drawing between illusion and reality. I think that the fact that the drawing mark and the surface are real, while the image created by them is illusory, is intriguing. This is why I draw on things other than paper, things like wooden sticks and bowls and dried leaves. In these cases the surfaces are such active participants in the drawings, they have louder voices than paper usually has, and they do not remain silent.