Process: Explorations of the Work of Tim Davies
Tim Davies is one of the most exciting artists working in Britain today. Internationally exhibited and acclaimed he specialises in art which explores identity through artefacts – he has approached Wales through wool, fire, oil-drenched seabird feathers, lead from the roof of a disused chapel. More exotically he has returned a tropical hardwood parquet floor to the Belizean jungle from whence it came, laying the blocks among the trees where new plants now grow through them and termites erode them.
Change, organic and by intervention, and method are at the centre of Davies’ art; process is its determining feature. In a retrospective approach three leading critics provide an illuminating and informative commentary to his work. David Alston is the Keeper of Art at the Lowry Centre; Iwan Bala is one of Wales’ leading artists and critics; Anne Price-Owen is Senior Lecturer in Art at the Swansea Institute. Together they explore the practise, the international context, the Welsh context and the recurring motifs of Tim Davies’ work. Davies himself also provides a commentary on five of his significant pieces, and the Foreword is provided by Susan Daniel-McElroy, Director of Tate St Ives.