In my work I am drawn to the processes of birth, death, and renewal. The juxtaposition of diverse elements is of special interest to me.
I am fascinated with what lie below the surface, the things in life I cannot readily see or define. I am constantly trying to get an understanding of the mysteries of life-such as the lives of saints and mystics, the workings of the unconscious, and the ways in which animals communicate. I try and capture the qualities of the “unseen” in my work that express the sense of wonder I feel in my daily existence.
My figures (babies, dolls, and animals) encompass the element of timelessness. Rather than representing death, I see them as ghosts or spirits, transcending the cycles of living and dying altogether.
The depiction of images, legends, and organs engraved or encased in/on the surfaces of my pieces suggest inner lives and thoughts, and act as a metaphor for delving below the surface.
The Art of Marc Davis