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Hernease Davis
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Park Slope

Media:Photography;


ARTIST STATEMENT: My current body of work is entitled, A Womb of My Own (Mistakes Were Made in Development). I am combining analog photographic processes with performance and craft to create work that heavily emphasizes self-care through artistic process. The works in this series include photograms, cyanotypes, crocheted pillows, crocheted blankets, performance and sound installations. At the heart of my work is a need to imbue an element of self-care in the process of making each piece. I have purposefully chosen methods that require time, but also involve steps that are comforting to me. Included in my profile portfolio are my self-portrait photograms. Each piece is created to cope with periods of intense stress. I make these pieces in my living room or bedroom in complete darkness. I set up my paper in a grid, and then I lay down, creating a photosensitive surface for meditation, anger, rest, etc. When I am ready, I trigger my flash once. Each photogram is developed in the darkroom to complete the image, and this time serves as another quiet space of enjoyment in the process. The only image in this series with a distinct title is called “Charleston”. I made this photogram in response to the June 17th massacre of a prayer group at the historic Mother Emmanuel A.M.E. Church. I found myself, along with many of my Black friends/family, having a hard time finding relief in the wake of almost constant racial terrorism in 2015. Thousands of miles away, our trauma is collective, global, present and rooted in history. I made this piece with an utterly broken heart, encased in rage, and wanting to embrace the entire African Diaspora.
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  • A Womb of My Own (Mistakes Were Made In Development) 3
    2014
    Photo Gelatin Photogram
    60' x 48'

  • A Womb of My Own (Mistakes Were Made In Development) 1
    2014
    Photo Gelatin Photogram
    68' x 48'

  • Installation of #2 and #3 at Mana Contemporary Gallery
    2015
    Silver Gelatin Photograms
    48" x 120"
    This is an image of the first and second image installed on a gallery wall in a stacked formation. This example is included to provide a reference for the scale of these images in a physical space.

  • Installation of #2 at Foley Gallery
    2016
    Silver Gelatin Photograms
    48" x 60"
    This is an image of #2 installed on a gallery wall. This example is included to provide a reference for the scale of this image in a physical space.

  • Charleston
    2015
    Silver Gelatin Fiber Photograms
    48"w X 60"h
    From the series, A Womb of My Own (Mistakes Were Made in Development). This piece is a compilation of nine (9) sheets of individually developed silver gelatin photograms.

  • Installation of "Charleston" at the Houston Center of Photography
    2016
    Silver Gelatin Photograms
    48" x 60"
    This is an image of "Charleston" installed on a gallery wall. This example is included to provide a reference for the scale of this image in a physical space.

  • A Womb of My Own (Mistakes Were Made in Development), #8
    2016
    Silver Gelatin Photograms
    48" x 60"

  • A Womb of My Own (Mistakes Were Made in Development), #7
    2016
    Silver Gelatin Photograms
    48" x 60"

  • A Womb of My Own (Mistakes Were Made In Development) 2
    2014
    Photo Gelatin Photogram
    60' x 48'

  • A Womb of My Own (Mistakes Were Made in Development), #6
    2016
    Silver Gelatin Photograms
    32" x 40"

  • A Womb of My Own (Mistakes Were Made in Development), #4
    2015
    SIlver Gelatin Photograms
    48" x 60"

  • Untitled

  • Place Settings - Bud
    2011
    Photo Gelatin Fiber Print
    16x20

  • Place Settings - Toy
    2011
    Photo Gelatin Fiber Print
    16x20

  • Place Settings - Toy 2
    2011
    Photo Gelatin Fiber Print
    16x20
 








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