Kenturah Davis interrogates the relationship between image and text to examine how language shapes our perception of the world.
Probing the limits of figuration, her practice interrogates the complexity of individual and collective identities. Her process is one of gradual transformation and translation. Davis begins with photography, capturing her subjects with slow shutter speeds that record movement through blurred features. Using a grid as an organising tool, she builds portraits from these images, articulating areas of light and dark with dense layers of text, sometimes by hand, sometimes with rubber stamps.
Her recent work incorporates experimentation with weaving. Handwritten words on paper are transformed into paper threads and woven into a structure that reveals its original information only through the remaining flecks of visible ink. These new works pair weaving with portraiture, inviting the viewer to meditate on the visible and invisible ties between an individual and their wider cultural inheritance.