Greta Davis was born in 1994 in Cape Town, South Africa, where she currently lives and works. In 2016, Davis graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Greta Davis uses large scale wall-based installations of multiple paintings, set out in grids as a vehicle for exploring the blurred boundaries between public and private space that are enhanced by social media and the sharing of images. The paintings fit together, contrasting and complementing each other, while drawing conversations between them. Each image is chosen individually based on its association to the artist. Links are drawn between personal images and those taken from other sources – grouping images within the collection and drawing ties. It is in her curation of the paintings within the grid that they find balance.
Davis’s work also explores the conflicting need for both comfort and adventure, finding context through her travels, and bringing it back to studio. Although predominantly a painter, she also works in digital media, print, sculpture and photography. Davis has been influenced by her work as a freelance designer, creating digital art for local businesses and musicians, as well as assisting a graphic designer. She also draws context from her work in the film industry as a scenic artist, set designer and art assistant.
“These streets have too many names for me” – Paolo Nutini
‘These Streets’ explores the blurred boundaries between public and private space, depicting spaces around Cape Town, they include both the recognisable and the hidden – contrasting and complementing each other, while drawing conversations between them. Each image is chosen individually based on its association to the artist – representing adventure, comfort, nostalgia or longing.
Personal images as well as those taken from other people’s Instagram accounts are reinterpreted in these paintings and exhibited for the viewer, asking them to question their idea of privacy as well as allowing them to draw their own associations to the images. This curration becomes a personal representation as well as being curiously relatable in it’s familiarity of subject and intimacy of scale. The small scale is intimate both in the interrogation of subject matter as well as in the way it demands a closer look.’
Greta Davis 2019