FLORA DAVIS


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Patined brass with attached weaving of brass and steel. Top edge of brass is folded over to accommodate two hanging hooks, weaving extends three inches below bottom edge.

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23″ x 38″ x 1″

Retail Value: $900

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For the past 17 years, metal has assumed the form of Flora’s primary medium after decades of painting. In metal, she finds a rugged beauty that reminds her of the qualities of mountains and rocks etched with time and rooted in place. Its unyielding strength becomes an invitation to a tussle, to change its form. This she does, using the strength of her hands and body, a flat sheet morphs into an undulating shape. Or, as a prospector of the land, she delves into an unassuming surface, and then through chemical alterations, brings forth beauty from what was once plain.

Flora “paints” the metal’s surface using layer upon layers of different substances. This process sets in motion an evolving “alchemy” of chemical activity, as she works and reworks the metal. Her patinas can include vibrant colors, such as orange or blue, or can be subtle: ghosts of previous marks are revealed as the patina is sanded back to bare metal. There is no guarantee on the outcome, too many factors are always in play, which adds to the mystery of this exciting, uncontrollable process. Her choice of “substances” include kitchen staples like salt, vinegar, and baking soda, aswell as cleaning products like bleach, or other agents such as sawdust, muriatic acid, and commercially produced metal patinas.

Nature is Flora’s muse: whether it’s earthly and textural or lyrical and rhythmic. Her surface patinas might remind one of ancient lichen on a rock’s surface, or drips of condensation down a window, an oily swirl on water, or a close up of a field of swaying reeds. Her primary focus is creating a texturally enriched surface, and the never ending beautiful ways it can happen. To do this, she allows for an intuitive and intimate connection to be established with the materials. Ideas then gradually unfold, while she splashes on the chemicals, and shapes the metal. The process for her is playful and a challenge, as well as magical and spiritual.

Flora has used her patinated metals to form abstract compositions on wooden panels. Lately, her work has taken the form of wall sculptures that incorporate woven metals.

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