Exhibitions “…new love.” by Hernease Davis
February 1 – 28, 2021 Project Space One
- “…new love.” is the tentative title for my series of cyanotypes on canvas, silk and linen. It is an aesthetic departure from my ongoing body of work, A Womb of My Own (Mistakes Were Made in Development), where I incorporate my rituals of self-care to produce self-portrait photograms and crocheted blankets. As in Womb, I am using photo-sensitive fabric surfaces as a space to rest (each exposure in the sun is at least 20 minutes). I then selectively develop the image using paint brushes or crocheted foundation chains. The portions of the fabric that I do not develop will continue to change and respond to their environment and abstracting the underlying image.Hernease plans to use the residency to explore more cyanotype fabrications and re-shape the pieces as photographic sculpture using felting, suspension and sewing techniques.Hernease Davis earned her M.F.A from the ICP – Bard. She has exhibited with the Visual Studies Workshop, Houston Center for Photography, and the International Center of Photography. Hernease recently completed a residency at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and is based in Brooklyn, NY.
Image caption: From the series “…new love.” by Hernease Davis at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts SHIFT Residency Exhibition — Permissions, New York, NY, photograph by Yann Chashanovski, 2020
Funds for this residency came from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Max and Marian Farash Foundation; and Joy of Giving Something.