Fiona Davies’ recent work has evolved from an early site-specific practice which largely eschewed traditional art venues in order to engage with accepted histories. Thorough research is a hallmark of her practice. Many of her exhibitions have been located in historic sites for the express purpose of interrogating the given history being celebrated at the site. By creating visual memorials to forgotten and overlooked participants in the official story, Davies introduced untold stories, thereby challenging and enriching existing histories.
In 2006 her work took on a more personal dimension as she extended her interrogative method to engage critically with modern medical discourse and the process of grieving after her father’s long final illness. Attending his hospital bedside daily over a period of eleven months, Davies became familiar with the medical lexicon and its visual cues – blood transfusion bags became a central visual source.
Since 2010 the image and idea of blood has remained as a central concern, and her engagement with medical discourse has broadened into the scientific and economic spheres. The Blood on Silk project, a collaboration between physicist, the late Dr Peter Domachuk; writer, Dr Lee-Anne Hall; and Davies, the visual artist continues to occupy her attention.


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