October 3 - December 18, 2010
895 Colusa Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
Thursday - Saturday, 10 - 4, by appointment
Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by Portland-based artist Rachel Davis. This will be Davis' second solo show with Traywick Contemporary.
Rachel Davis' abstract watercolor paintings have an intriguing combination of intensity and restraint. This new body of work explores the artistic and architectural intricacies of Beijing's Forbidden City, and delicately examines the cultural and political implications the sprawling palace complex has come to represent. While the walled city is off limits, not spoken of, feared and mysterious, Davis' Forbidden City carries its own subtle narrative. She juxtaposes the ornate details of the man-made structure against a landscape of botanical forms, suggesting an architectural world governing a fragile biological eco-system. With visual references to the structure of both the biological world and the man-made world, her work speaks eloquently about the underlying, unifying structure of life.
Born in Cambridge, England, Rachel Davis went on to earn her BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art. Her work has been exhibited across the country, and is included in many noted private and corporate collections.