Karon Davis

Karon Daviswas born in 1977 in Reno, United States. Her sculptures, made of white plaster, metal wire, plastic tubes and paper, are incomplete but delicate. Their inner armatures are left intentionally visible, linking the sculptures’ inner strength to their external fragility. Through this medium and these characters, Davis seeks to capture a lost, forgotten time, an emotion, and to freeze it so that it can continue to live. The Egyptians were the keepers of their heritage, and Davis includes herself in that line of descent. According to her, plaster has the ability to “reassemble broken spirits” and reminds her of the processes used by the old funeral parlours to prepare the bodies for the afterlife. Davis sculpts what she knows and what she has experienced, and in the case of pain she uses her art as a form of catharsis to free her spirit from this fear and sadness. She encapsulates all these feelings inside her works, and in so doing takes on the position of observer, of subject of these traumas. Through her work, she explores her own grief as well as more universal pain, focusing on subjects such as migrations due to fire, flooding or natural catastrophes, which she herself experienced during the recent “Thomas Fire” in California in 2017.

Her work was included in the exhibition 'Untitled, 2020' (2020) at Punta della Dogana.