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Heather Jo Davis

Heather Jo Davis

Profile Location
New Bedford , MA

For my thesis body of work, I developed several video and mixed media installations that advocate an appreciation of what lies beyond ourselves; an occasional shift of attention from the world and our place in it to the planet and its wonders.

My work carries the intent of emphasizing value on the wild and the uncultivated in order to inspire reverence for wildness, and to preserve the absence of human control in areas of the natural world. I revere transcendental experiences and the places in which they occur, and wish to bring attention to how little value is assigned to them both.

Recording light through video, then releasing it again is like, for me, reliving the captured memory of an experience. Although the light passes through the machinery of the projector, this method is the most direct way to present my experiences of natural phenomena into the exhibit space.

Ceramic objects exist in the installation to receive the video image. They capture and hold the light; they situate the phenomena in relationship to the body that is unexpected, creating the same tension and perplexity that I feel when I look into a reflection of the sky in water, finding myself gazing both up and down at the same time. 

Artist Statement

Presently, I am living in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where I earned an MFA in Ceramics from UMass Dartmouth in 2017. I grew up in rural Georgia near the coast, and the love of that land drives my work. I teach from my studio in the South End, sell functional work, and continue to exhibit immersive installations that celebrate the wild earth.


Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Brett Anderson
Owen Buffington
Matt Bukrey
Anne Burton
Jordan Buschur
Neil Celani
Heather Jo Davis
Lindsey Day
Matthew Dercole
Amanda Durig
Katelyn Farneth
Gerit Grimm
PJ Hargraves
Luke Huling
Anthony Park Kascak
G.V. Kelley
Brian Kluge
Michael Ian Larsen
Julia Leggent
Elise Loomis
Jon Love
Bartholomew Lynch
Kristen Martincic
Bri Murphy
Nathan Murray
Liana Owad
McKenzie Phelps
Jason Piccoli
Kristin Powers Nowlin
Kate Running
Bill Shaffer
Maria Spiess
Susan Stark-Johnson
Sara Truman
Stephanie Leach Vendetti
Cody Weber
Taylor Woolwine
3/4/22 to 5/27/22
Multiple Mediums

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