In Conversation – Phoebe Davies & Angelica Suleexhibition • 27 Jan 2021 – 28 Feb 2021
To accompany the exhibition Points of Rupture, artist Phoebe Davies speaks to Site Gallery Programme Director Angelica Sule about her exhibition, practice, influences and process of making work.
Based on research with coaches, athletes and medics, Phoebe Davies’ new body of work Points of Rupture explores the physicality and personal narratives of occupying communal and competitive spaces. The exhibition is made up of three pieces of work; The Sprawl, Spiral Rides and Involuntary Peaks, and Defensive Drills #01.
Phoebe Davies is a Welsh artist and researcher based at Somerset House Studios, London. Her practice investigates how people perceive their social framework, often working with and in response to individuals and communities, generating work through collaboration, collective action and DIT (Do It Together) strategies.
Her outcomes are often project dependent, including constructed social spaces, live performances, video, audio and print works. Through her work Davies often finds herself referencing and exploring collaborative models of working across different social and cultural sectors, drawing on methodologies from feminisms, organic farming and athleticism.
Recent projects have led her to work with sex educators, secondary school students, elderly care home residents, sports teams and DJs as well as art spaces and institutions, including Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (OR, USA), Tate Modern (London), Wellcome Collection (London), Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff), steirischer herbst (Graz), Kunstnernes Hus (Oslo) and British Council Connect ZA (Johannesburg). In 2015 she was awarded the British Council’s Social Practice Fellowship for the International Cultural Exchange USA Program in partnership with Portland State University.
She currently co-facilitates two research groups, Synaptic Island, a London-based womxn and non-binary sound collective and Art is Action, a UK-based social practice research group.