Permanent Collection/

Emergence: jewel in the lotus

Sonia Louise Davis, 2022

Artist: Sonia Louise Davis
Medium: merino, Icelandic wool, recycled wool, and acrylic yarns
Dimensions: 58 x 62 x 2 in / 147.3 x 157.5 x 5.1 cm


Sonica Louise Davis was born in New York City where she currently lives. Throughout her multi-disciplinary practice, she includes elements of painting, voice, and craft. In her newest body of work that the artist calls “soft paintings,” Davis explores how a radical sonic framework for improvisation can inform an embodied practice for object-making. Each painting progresses through an instinctual process of listening and response—a practice stemming from the artist’s vocal and gestural training in improvisation. The speed of the tufting machine informs spontaneous changes in movement, color, material, and technique. Davis treats the surface as the visual site of experimentation, where forms unfold simultaneously across the frame, manifesting the condition of emergence. The resulting compositions are complex intuitive arrangements of intensity, tonality, and melody—what Davis describes as focus that emerges within the din.

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