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Catherine Davis

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I am a creative professional living and working in Los Angles, CA. I set up this ARTslant page in order to display the work I made for my 2011 MFA Thesis Exhitibion, Accumulation. The exhibition took place in October or 2011 at the Werby Gallery at California State University, Long Beach. Today, two of these works (Cosmic Debris 2 and Untitled) are in private collections. Accumulation Loop (view full video here: continues to be reclycled into new works. The rest of the pieces have been buried in the sands of the high desert since 2013 as an experiment in the accelleration of ephemerality. Excavation date tba.

Accumulation Project Statement, October 2011

Through the process of collage, I give form and meaning to the collected excess of my everyday life. I invite accumulation to shape my art making by bringing piles of objects from my home into my studio. To the traditional collage materials of paper and adhesive I add seashells, teabags, figurines, coins, good luck charms, souvenirs from my travels, Mardi Gras beads, bags, small toys and boxes, jewelry, bits of cloth and other random curios that decorate my domestic space.

Once these objects leave my home and cross the threshold of my studio, their autobiographical properties fade and they become part of a large and undifferentiated mass of material for making art.

When I sort the array of materials at my disposal I am less interested in the particular categories of objects, then in the possibilities embodied by the collection as a whole. I re-imagine the collection as bits of matter of the universe. I see them as operating under the same principles that determine structures of accumulated particles such as clouds, galaxies, landfills, oceans and thoughts within the space of the imagination. Each collage in my exhibition relates to one or more of these conditions.

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