Fiona Davies has a PhD from the University of Sydney and holds a B.Sc. (UNSW), a Bachelor of Visual Art (UWS) and a MFA from Monash. Significant exhibitions and events from 2021 include Space YZ at C.A.C, performing at the UnFix Festival, Glasgow and mentoring in the Scamp project in Cessnock. 2020 included two online exhibitions Shift + Control + Exit at BMCC, Unus Multorium at Plas Bodfa, Wales UK and the selection of the video Once upon a time long ago and far away x 3 for the 9th Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival. In 2019 her solo exhibitions included Woven Architecture at the State Silk Museum in Tbilisi, Georgia, her PhD examination exhibition at SCA and the first screening of the three videos at the Golden Age Cinema Surry Hills, Sydney.
This work is a response to the chaos and confusion felt during times of emergency, when we don’t know what to do in situations where suddenly we have to respond to distressed, lost and misplaced humans and animals. A number of stories from the fires around Kandos focused on the image of the lost horse trying to survive in the liminal space of reduced visibility and liveability as the fire approaches and smoke and embers obscure the effectiveness of its vision.
Fiona’s artistic practice combines object, sound, moving image, installation and performance to expose the emotional landscape of the lived experience of liminal spaces with a particular focus on medicalised events in sites of health care as extreme examples of that type of space. Having recently completed my PhD, my practice is still highly focused on examining the specific process of medicalised death in ICU, one type of event in one type of care within a contemporary hospital.