Gerwyn Davies’ practice combines costume making and photography, fundamentally concerned with the fabrication of elaborate, bricolage constructions that utilise everyday materials in imaginative ways to explore the use of dress in self-representation.
Interested in the role played by fashion in the performance of identity, and how the dressed body functions as a platform for projecting an individual’s articulation of self, Davies highlights the potential for playfulness and subversion within this form of self-expression. Through his inventive application of non-traditional clothing materials and forms, Davies questions the dominant social and cultural norms that dictate the prevalent restraint that characterizes the act of dressing and wearing. — Text by Lisa Bryan-Brown.
Gerwyn Davies has completed a Bachelor of Photography and Honours program at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University (2012). During his studies Davies was a recipient of the 2012 Ipswich Arts Foundation Scholarship and the 2011 ACMP Student Photographer of the Year Award. He received Capture Magazine’s Student Fashion Photographer of the Year award and Top Emerging Fashion/Editorial Photographer of the Year.
Gerwyn is a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize (2017) and is a four time finalist in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Prize in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014. In 2016 he was a finalist in the Clayton Utz Art Award. Gerwyn was awarded the Pedestrian Photo of the Year 2013 and was a finalist in the Churchie National Emering Art Prize 2014. He has been the recipient of funding from Arts Queensland, the National Association for Visual Arts and undertaken community activation and public art programs for various Councils in South East Queensland.
Davies has exhibited at Photo LA in 2011 and 2012, and at ‘Flipside: Contemporary Australian Photography’ in Santa Monica, USA. His work has also been featured in South America and throughout Australia, recently exhibiting in ‘Polarized: Political Photomedia’ in Queensland at the Colour Factory, Melbourne (2012). He is also a sessional accademic in Queensland College of Art’s photography department, and is a workshop facilitator with young people throughout remote and rural Queensland with Flying Arts.