In her second solo exhibition at Wilding Cran Gallery, Karon Davis will show a collection of new sculptures in Muddy Water. The show’s name is a reference to a song about the Great Mississippi Flood, as her work reflects on the effects of climate change and depicts the experiences of people who have been displaced by natural disaster.
In a process she likens to “reassembling broken souls,” Davis creates full scale plaster-cast figures with delicate, flimsy exteriors juxtaposed against valiant poses that reveal their inner strength. Figures are inspired by images Davis came across when looking at news coverage of recent floods around the globe as well as her memories of evacuating her own home during the 2017 Thomas Fire. Each of the figures in the exhibition exudes a poignant sense of crisis, urgency and loss stemming from facing catastrophe and being forced to abandon their lives and possessions in the blink of an eye.
An opening reception for Muddy Water will be held on September 15 from 5 to 8pm.
Karon Davis: Muddy Water
September 16 – November 4, 2018
939 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021