The single work Blood on Silk: Campbelltown uses layers of handmade silk paper both to define the structure of the gallery space and to partially conceal it. Working as a semi permeable membrane some things are allowed to pass and others held. The silk paper is beautiful, isolating and with its references to connective tissues and funeral shrouds, forlorn, invoking the ideas and experiences of absence.
Onto this work is projected the second series of work , the three video works Blood on Silk: Trade 2011,2012 and 2013. In a series of three month long residencies over three years at Caravansarai in Istanbul Davies investigated the overlay of trade; the older silk trading routes with the newer routes for bio-products including blood. The works she produced during these residencies includes these meditative, almost abstracted video works. Shot from the rooftop terrace of the residency down six floors to the street where hardware shops are opening up in the morning. The choreography of the street is slowly revealed as each prepares to trade.
Blood on Silk: Site of production, 2014 Video 2.20 mins. As installed at Campbelltown Arts Centre projected onto a black wall
A repetitive unveiling of the crook, more formally known as the cubital crease, of the human arm reveals the site of blood retrieval as well as the vulnerability and grittiness of misuse in that area of the body. The image of the arm is isolated from any understanding that could be gained from the remainder of the body
The means of providing blood and blood products into the legal and illegal medical systems is complex, highly technical and fraught with issues of safety, cost and coercion. The vulnerability of the repetitive exposing of that section of the arm relocates the crux of the issue with the individual producer of that blood whether or not they do that for economic return within the wider economic framework of medicine