UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS MFA THESIS EXHIBITION: CHRISTOPHER DAVIS
The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art / 3715 Central Ave. October 25, 2019 - November 8, 2019
Chatter in the Skull, the MFA Thesis Exhibition of Christopher Davis, is a phrase used by philosopher Alan Watts in reference to over-thinking and its relationship to reality. Influenced by the unique landscape of Southern Illinois where he grew up, his work is formed by assembling fragments of beauty into monuments, fetishes, markers, and relics. The exhibition features assemblages cast to create relief sculptures and small totems, as well as larger totems/markers assembled from steel, cast objects, and wood.
Christopher Davis was born in a double-wide trailer in Southern Illinois. He was raised as a member of a religious fellowship where he also attended school through the twelfth grade. These early regional, economic, and philosophical influences have given him a unique lens through which he filters the world around him. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from Southern Illinois University in 2004, a Master of Arts from Arkansas State University in 2012, and will graduate in December 2019 with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Memphis.