Work in Progress: Time of Death – Series Three

Working on a Time of Death series is a recurring event in my practice. First occurring in 2010 they circle around to be remade every two to three years. A video work will accompany these still images from Series Three and be overlaid with the sound track of the reading of a fairy-tale Once Upon a Time, Long Ago and Far Away: Pulling the Plug.

A video work made earlier this year as part of the fairy-tale reading series can be seen on my Vimeo channel. That work is titled, Once Upon a Time, Long Ago and Far Away: Being Moved from One Place to Another https://vimeo.com/355286468

Detail from the new work – ‘Coughing Up Blood’.

Fiona Davies Coughing up Blood ( Detail) 2019 silk paper, aluminium, found objects and light, 300 x 600 x 600(h)cm. Photo Credit: Pamela Kleemann

My mother’s slightly yellowed tupperware container has become the makeshift Xray reader in this desolate, isolated space within the gallery at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

Fiona Davies – Coughing up Blood, 2019

This link will take you to my work on the Resilience in times of adversity website. Curated by Vivienne Dadour the exhibition is at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and runs until the 29th September.

Once Upon a Time Long Ago and Far Away: Being Moved from One Place to Another

A short video set in the transition from surgery to the recovery room to somewhere else. The landscape is populated by hallucinations,, by competitions and by counting down to start. The ending is ambiguous

Site 1 of my work Woven Architecture at the State Silk Museum in Tbilisi Georgia.

The work traces the marks on a bedside medical monitor showing the changes in the heartbeat, oxygenation and blood pressure of a patient whose abdominal aortic aneurysm has ruptured.

Fiona Davies, Woven Architecture – Site 1, 2019, Ribbon,thread and tape.
Dimensions variable. As installed in The State Silk Museum, Tbilisi Georgia
Photo credit Alex Gooding

The plague and its continuing presence.

From the Sunday Morning Medicine wordpress site roundup of that weeks interesting takes on medical history comes a fantastic article by the staff writer on the Atlantic, Sarah Zhang about the Soviet attempts to eradicate the plague in the twentieth century.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/05/when-soviets-tried-to-eradicate-the-plague/589570/

It made me think of the amazing work by Amy Chan and Natalie Kit-Ying Cheung The Hong Kong Plague of 1894 and the slow reveal that takes place in that work exposing the medicalisation of the causes of the plague.

Read the article if you can. At least go there to check out the historic photos.

From Day One of the Install at The State Silk Museum in Tbilisi – Choose the First Site.

This is the first of three sites at the State Silk Museum in Tbilisi choosen for the site specific work Woven Architecture . Thinking more and more about the power structures of architecture and the ways this is carried over to the contemporary architectural response and of course how that is translated into hospital and ICU design.