Marli Davis: Familiar Ghosts - Archiving Genetic Domesticity
Upper Gallery January 16th to April 3rd 2021
Familiar Ghosts - Archiving Genetic Domesticity is an exhibition of work by Marli Davis, as part of our RBC Incubator Programme. Marli has been mentored by Christian Bernard Singer.
This exhibition coalesces art, science and spirituality throughout exploratory, cybernetic installation. Transcribing genealogical networks by hybridizing ritual and taxonomy. Sequestered cultural specimens, archives, heirlooms, and memorabilia, excavated from my ancestral home, are embedded within phantasmagoric sculptures. This rice paper assemblage; cloned from domestic frameworks, recollects my fragmented Japanese heritage through commemorative symbolism. Each intricate lifeline materializes fragility and entangles familial lineage. Personifying the living within a discourse amongst deceased ancestors and their residual inanimate possessions. I navigate transgenerational epigenetics and hauntological ontology by anthropomorphizing lost and forgotten histories. Derived from my ghostly kinships, loss is met with regenerative cultural autonomy.
Marli Davis is a multicultural and interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto. Her research-intensive practice borrows scientific and spiritual ideologies to conduct art-making in strategic phases, reminiscent of ritualistic laboratory experimentation. Establishing a practice within this convergence of ideologies provides Marli with the necessary outlets to execute intimate investigations throughout her work. Seeking topics that introspectively challenge the self; many dealing with the mapping of her fragmented cultural discourse. The artist begins to embody the examiner’s role; addressing and systematizing gaps within her lineage through video, painting, sculpture, installation and publication. In 2019, Marli studied abroad in Florence Italy and has obtained various awards and scholarships throughout her education. In 2021, she received a BFA from OCAD University; emerging with a dedicated passion for academia. Marli is currently partaking in selected art exhibitions, residencies and forum events. While actively learning within the art industry through mentorship and different career building opportunities. Christian Bernard Singer (Mentor) has curated over 75 exhibitions of national and international artists, including three major retrospectives. Throughout, he has championed artists who push boundaries, materially and conceptually, while opening pathways to meaningful and resonant experiences for viewers. Until 2017, he was Senior Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery and for over five years, he served as the Curator/Artistic Director of the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. Before this, he was Director of the 2005 Contemporary Art Forum – Kitchener & Area (CAFKA), Curator and Associate Director of Lehmann Leskiw Fine Art until he co-founded Rouge Contemporary Art Projects where he remained as Director and Curator until 2009, bringing Judy Chicago: A Survey of Important Works (curated by Virginia Eichhorn) – the first large-scale survey exhibition for Chicago ever to come to Canada. Quest Art gratefully acknowledges RBC Foundation's core support for the Incubator Programme.