Rhiannon Sian Davies – Underdog plotting revenge
Preview: Friday 4th October 7pm
Exhibition continues until Saturday 9th November
Gallery open: Tues – Sat 12-7pm
Bar open: Tues & Weds 12-7pm, Thurs 12-11pm, Fri & Sat 12–1am
Based on stills from the 1990 Finnish-Swedish film The Match Factory Girl by Aki Kaurismaki, Davies’s paintings articulate the beauty in the mundane aspects of everyday living as depicted in the movie.
The exhibition, like the film, uses the heroine as the conduit to deliver the narrative. In the movie she drifts along as a passive victim until she takes what could be seen as a comical futile revenge on her family. This pointless act sparked the artists interest in delving deeper into the narrative and visual representations of the movie. Painted stills of hands express the irony of finding drama in the mundane. The films claustrophobic domestic scenes are frozen in time and cropped to reveal a sense of detachment as the meaning is left open to interpretation.
Inspired by the films intention to slow down the process of looking, Davies attempts to slow down the gaze even further with a method of re-cropping snapshots of the film in order to create a more considered process of painting.
“I was interested in this underdog character that didn’t have a voice and how the medium of narrative gives power to the overlooked persons point of view and finds a visual way to communicate the unsaid.”.
Rhiannon Sian Davies is a Welsh artist who has recently shortlisted at the Cardiff MADE summer exhibition and at the BEEP Painting Prize 2018, Swansea where she was highly commended by the judges. A Masters Graduate from the Cardiff School of Art and Design, Rhiannon has also had work her work shown in the Fringe Arts Bath, Gwenan International/Glasgow, Welsh Artist of the Year and will also be showing selected work in Hong Kong in 2020.