Israel Davis
My work is an investigation of the symbols, people, and objects that affect perceptions, the subconscious, and life experience. I approach art making as research into thought, memory, and play. It is a study of metaphor through fantasy and authenticity.

This research is driven by the physics of material and the intersection of two and three-dimensions. My interests are in photography, digital imaging, drawing, and narrative while paying homage to traditional and non-traditional ceramic processes and archetypes. I enjoy the “search” and am invested in the cognitive spaces of art making. I seek to push the boundaries between object and image and to present the findings with contemporary awareness. I am concerned with dreams, dreaming, wanderlust, magic, relationships, and particulars. Therefore my practice exists outside of being only a maker. It encompasses the activities that I am involved in, such as organizing workshops, mentorship, being a visiting artist at other institutions, skateboarding, BMX biking, and performing music. And it involves the relationships that develop around those activities, which, in turn, inspire and drive the need to continue to explore. My quest is to be active in the “search” and to place myself among others who are looking for questions to be answered and to proceed in continuance with the mindset of progression.

“Progression” is a term often used by those of us who skateboard and ride BMX bikes. In use it refers to such matters as learning new tricks and practicing to hone one’s physical skills. In order to progress at these sports you have to break mental barriers to take one’s abilities to the next level. I see artistic progression in the same way. One has to be active in taking risks, asking questions, and learning the material to visualize the ideas with confidence and competency.

Though ceramics plays a significant role in my practice the work is largely project / series based and is varied in output. There are endless problems to solve using clay as a primary medium however I maintain a license to engage in other materials and media as it fits the project. For me, the work is an investigation of ideas and materials, and how those processes and thoughts move and develop to reveal answers that, in turn, reveal new questions.