27 September to 26 November
Cork based Visual Artist, Vicki Davis, graduated from TUDublin on Sherkin Island with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art 2020. Graduating with First Class Honours Vicki's film installation Vort_i_city was shortlisted for the RDS Visual Art Award, 2020. Performance, film, socially engaged installation and field sample created sound-scapes make up Vicki's artistic process, which in turn is generally informed by neuroscientific discoveries, cognitive decline, sociology and well-being.
Having previously studied Graphic Design and Digital Media in CSN, photography and film have followed her into her practice. Where most of her present film work is digital she recently began experimenting with analogue techniques, pinhole camera and 35mm film processing at Cork Film Centre. Vicki has produced work for Cork Midsummer Festival with participatory sculptural installation, Meatán, curated by Pluck Projects, Visual Arts Curators in Residence for Cork Midsummer Festival,2020/2021. Meatán focused on the well being of cattle during a time when the spotlight was shining on the agricultural industries culpability to the climate emergency.
Vicki is a member of Sample Studios and a Professional Member of Circus Factory, Cork where she trains in Aerial Corde Lisse at beginner-intermediate level and documents the physical process through film. Her work is currently focused on exploring the physicality of dance and circus arts in relation to harnessing positive mental health. And she uses various circus and gym equipment to express during performances.
While on residency at Uillinn Vicki will be immersing herself in her hometown of Skibbereen. She will be partly in the dance studio where she will take on an introspective exploration of the idea of hardship by experimenting with the actions of getting tied up in knots using movement and various materials such as the Corde Lisse (Circus Rope) and the Battle Rope (Gym Weight)
Time will also be spent getting to know the locals and researching new ways to develop her current body of film and performance work into a site specific immersive solo exhibition that combines the elements of Circus, Theatre, Performance Art and Visual Art . Blurring the line between all mediums and breaking down the fourth wall.
Mental Health Awareness Day: Uillinn Dance Studio, October 10th at 1pm
Vicki Davis performs Breathe
In collaboration with
Inma Pavon, Seiko Hayase, Catarina Araujo, Andy Ingamells,
Breathe, invites you to slowly immerse yourself in the most important activity of our daily lives. Beginning with a guided slow walk by Inma Pavon prepare to be lead on a journey through the gallery, and into an improvisational tug of war amongst performance artist Vicki Davis and musician/performer Andy Angamells who will use movement and music in a back and forth transition to portray the struggle that a lack of breath can leave us feeling, powerless and limited perhaps in our daily lives. But all is not lost and the piece is followed by a gentle reminder that even though times can get tough and emotions become overwhelming, if you just breath, centre yourself and get creative then you can push through. This is narrated through song with visual artist Seiko Hayase and sculptural installation by Catarina Araujo.
"All is not lost...and you most certainly can teach an old dog new tricks!"
WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council in making these residencies possible.