SILVIA DAVIS, sculpture

March 2 - March 23, 2018

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CODA GALLERY PRESENTS
SCULPTURES BY SILVIA DAVIS

MAR 2 - 23, 2018


PALM DESERT, CA — CODA Gallery unveils a new exhibition of wood and bronze sculptures by Silvia Davis, running March 2-23. The artist from Utah will attend an opening reception on March 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with El Paseo Art Walk/Palm Desert First Weekend.

“I create very complex wood sculptures that can have color, texture, pattern; and they’re all derived from direct observation, meaning I look closely at the world around me,” Silvia says of her work. In terms of subject matter, she tackles both the organic animal world and inanimate still lifes, such as a coat rack with hats, coats, and umbrellas. She also loves sculpting mechanical objects, such as a gumball machine or a typewriter, in exotic woods and barn wood.

Because working in wood is so labor intensive, Silvia, who earned a masters degree in fine art from the University of Utah, also casts sculptures in bronze, a skill she developed while making fossil molds for the Utah Museum of Natural History. To support her time in an old warehouse in Salt Lake City that she converted into a studio, she began painting backdrops for theater companies, which then asked her to carve sculptures for their productions. From 1995 to 2008, she made sculptures for theater and opera company productions, as well as for the Showtime and Disney channels. Her earliest commission came from The Sundance Institute for a mechanical-object sculpture to be exhibited at the 1987 U.S. Film Festival. Other commissions and public art projects include sculptures of a life-size firefighter for a Salt Lake City fire station and liturgical work for St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Richfield, Utah.

As an artist married to an artist, Silvia calls her life with painter Paul Davis “a really fabulous partnership. I think we have made each other better,” she says. “In some ways, we have similar work processes in that we both build up and destroy our work. Fortunately, we feel like equals, so there is no competition but just great dialog at the end of the day. I can also say, ‘Paul, this head is not working. Can you give me a fresh eye?’ And I can do the same sort of thing for him.”

She describes herself as “fairly athletic” and “a pretty good golfer.” She further claims she has talents for cooking and remodeling a house. But, she says, “I was just born an artist. My earliest memories are when I was 3 or 4 and would sit under a tree and make something. The impulse was so strong. “The longer you go on this journey, the richer it becomes,” she says. “Each piece suggests another five pieces of possibilities to examine.”

 

Nexus Nexus
Wood
78 x 26 inches
SOLD
 
Comfort Comfort
Wood
42 x 29 x 23 inches
 
Simpatico
Wood
53 x 43 x 12 inches
 
Good Company Good Company
Wood
41 x 48 x 12 inches
 
Wayne County Wayne County
Wood
18 x 12 x 4 inches
SOLD
 
Misses
Wood
48 x 14 x 10 inches
 
Mister
Wood
40 x 14 x 10 inches
SOLD
 
Mocha Mocha
Wood
43 x 10 x 28 inches
 
First Class First Class
Wood
27 x 37 x 16 inches
 
Dusk Dusk
Wood
32 x 28 x 10 inches
 
Majesty Majesty
Wood
29 x 10 x 16 inches
 
Dawn
Wood
32 x 28 x 12 inches
 
Ruby
Wood
88 x 22 x 9 inches
 
Tip Top
Wood
59 x 21 inches
 
Fortune
Wood
23 x 21 x 11 inches
 
Frosting Frosting
Wood
18 x 12 inches
 
Sacchariferous Sacchariferous
Wood
13 x 12 x 18 inches
SOLD
 
Confection Confection
Mixed media
10 x 11 x 11 inches
SOLD
 
Bonanza Bonanza
Wood
57.5 x 9 x 9 inches
SOLD
 
Tic Tac Tic Tac
Wood
11 x 27 x 5.5 inches
 
Booty Booty
Wood
58 x 17 x 17 inches
 
Jack Jack
Bronze
48 x 21 x 15 inches
 
Coco Coco
Bronze
31 x 15 x 29 inches
 
Buster Buster
Bronze
24 x 48 x 10 inches
 
Shilo Shilo
Bronze
72 x 67 x 24 inches
 
Reclined Colt
Bronze
48 x 72 x 30 inches
 
Filly
Bronze
72 x 24 x 63 inches
 
Waking Waking
Bronze
6 x 20.5 x 12.5 inches
SOLD
 
Zoey Zoey
Bronze
9 x 25 x 13 inches
SOLD
 
Summer
Bronze
14 x 23 x 8 inches
SOLD
 
Taurus
Bronze
9 x 20 x 13 inches
 
A Pinch of This and That A Pinch of This and That
Wood
12 x 10 x 12 inches
SOLD