Ms Rebecca Davies
School: School of Critical Studies and Creative Industries
Position: Course Director: Foundation Studies in Art & Design; Senior Lecturer: Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation
Rebecca Davies is an artist, educator, writer and curator, living and working in London. Her work has always been intrinsically linked to the materials and processes she uses to communicate her ideas. The material itself often becomes an active component and a vital constraint upon the process of making her ideas tangible. The process in its own right is a way of controlling her working method, which has stemmed from her background in Printmaking. This interest in the material itself has grown from print on paper to printing onto aluminium cladding to making large scales works printed onto glass within an architectural context. She now combines her interests in design, material and communication and collaborates on projects that respond to specific cultural or physical environments.
Over the last five years I've been exploring our relationship with history and how we document the physical existence of human activity to interpret and examine our connection with our past. Through collaborating and observing the working methodology of archeologists, there are many comparisons between the act of drawing used in both archeology and artists practice. My drawn observations concentrate on the human activity within a space rather than recording the space itself. By translating these moving variables into visual diagrams, often borrowing from the specific repertoire of autographic marks, symbols and scales used by the archaeologists on their own drawings, I found patterns and visual connections that would help me to explain how the archaeologist plays an active yet subjective part in revealing and remodelling historic spaces. The significance of the hand and the eye rather than the material that had originally encapsulated historic artifacts is an area that continues throughout my work, through time based etching, three dimensional diagrams, written articles and curating within architectural spaces.
'Satnav to Nobson', Article and Interview with Paul Noble written for Art & Music (Saatchi) Issue 15, Autumn 2011, ISSN 2042-1648
'The Folkstone Triennial 2011', Article written for Art & Music (Saatchi) Issue 15, Autumn 2011, ISSN 2042-1648
Touchstone Exhibition and Article written for Publication, Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum, Salisbury, April 2010
Drawing Stonehenge Exhibition, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, July 2009
Stonehenge Artists and Archaeology Residency, 2007
Teaching areas & responsibilities
Course Director of Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and Pathway Leader for Graphic Design, Illustration and Animation.
Senior Lecturer in Printmaking, 1st year Graphics, 2nd and 3rd year Illustration.
Senior Lecturer in 1st and 3rd Year Graphics.
Senior lecturer in 2nd and 3rd year Illustration.
Mentor and supervisor for '24 hour Musical' Gala branding, promotion, publicity design for The Old Vic Theatre, with 2nd and 3rd year Graphic Designers and Illustrators, July 2012.
Curator and staff mentor of 'Kingston Design 2012', a collaboration with the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the School of Design, to exhibit graduating Graphic Design, Illustration and Animation, Product and Furniture and Fashion 3rd years, July 2012.
Curated and organized 'Edge, an enquiry into print' exhibition, film and publication, 3rd year Graphic Design and Illustration students, Stour Space, London, March 2012.
- 2012 - presentExternal Examiner, Extended Degree in Art, Design & Architecture, University of East London
Educational and professional qualifications
- 1999Printmaking Fellowship Royal College of Art, London
- 1998MA Printmaking, Henry Moore Foundation Scholarship Royal College of Art, London
- 1995BA(Hons) Fine Art Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall
- 1992Foundation Course Diploma Wimbledon School of Art, London
Conferences & events
Touchstone Exhibition and Article written for Publication, Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum, Salisbury, April 2010.
Drawing Stonehenge Exhibition, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, July 2009.
Stonehenge Artists and Archaeology Residency, 2007.