Interview: Timothy Davis
Luca Curci talks with Timothy Davis during SECRET SPACES and FUTURE LANDSCAPES, second and third event of BORDERS ART FAIR 2023, in Venice, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Timothy Davis specialises in the creation of unique woodwork pieces. As a self-taught woodworker, Tim takes pleasure in utilising locally sourced timber and complementing them with bio-resin or lead-free metal to fill in any gaps. Each piece of art produced by Tim is unique, featuring individual flaws and qualities that cannot be duplicated. Tim draws inspiration from geological formations, river landscapes and coastal views. The golden ratio is also incorporated into every piece, as it can be observed in everything from DNA to rolling waves in the natural world.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Timothy Davis – For me, art is emotion. It is the creation of something that touches your soul, not just your physical awareness. Art is transformative in its nature, it can take you to other places, whether mentally, emotionally, physically or imaginatively. It has the power to expand your horizons, open your mind to new perspectives, and create a sense of connection with the world beyond your immediate surroundings. I believe art allows us to connect with the world around us in profound and meaningful ways.
LC – What are you currently working on?
TD – Currently, I am working on ‘Under the Sea’ a collection drawing inspiration from the English Norfolk coastline and using beachcombing treasures found on these shores. I want each piece to give an immersive experience of being submerged in the sea is created, evoking a sense of depth, the illusion of an underwater environment, and the infinite vastness of the ocean.
LC – What are the three hashtags essential to define your poetics that you could not give up?
TD – #wavesofwood #nature #rollingwaves
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
TD – My inspiration comes from nature, especially within the beautiful shorelines of England. The magic of the beach or river, and even rock formations in the cliffs are all in my thoughts as I craft my next piece. I use the curves and contours of natural landscapes and my work always incorporates the golden ratio, the ratio that is observed throughout nature from DNA to the rolling Waves.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
TD – For me, the greatest challenge is the journey of transforming my ideas into tangible artworks. It is akin to navigating an endurance race, where the thrill of conceiving a new piece is met with the process of actualization. The beginning of each creation sparks a surge of excitement within me. However, as I delve into the process of materializing my vision, I encounter moments of frustration and self-doubt. And then, when the artistic creation reaches its completion, a profound sense of vulnerability emerges. Releasing it into the world, I surrender control and embark on an uncertain voyage. In this delicate balance of creation and letting go, I find the essence of my artistic process.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
TD – My artwork presented in Secret Spaces connects to this theme by serving as a visual representation of the inner landscapes we all carry within, illuminating the hidden recesses of our own beings. When looking at my pieces, I ask that the viewer might explore the inner worlds of their mind, emotions, or dreams, connecting to the idea of Secret Spaces within themselves.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
TD – “Waterfall Chair” has been crafted from a single piece of Elm and a single piece of Oak, merging the natural beauty of these materials into a harmonious whole. Within the heart of the chair, centred between the stunning wooden structure, lies a mesmerizing bio-resin waterfall.
“Ottoman Tray” uses a single piece of Elm wood and is adorned with a captivating bio-resin river that flows through its centre. Enhancing its allure, the tray features pools of bio-resin that add depth and intrigue to its design.
“Seaside Table” crafted from a combination of Elm (one piece) and Olive Ash wood. With a bio-resin river as its centrepiece, this table embodies a sense of reflection and harmony. Notably, the sides of the table mirror the top, adding a touch of symmetry and balance to its design.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
TD – Yes, it has been a pleasure. It provides a wonderful opportunity for artists to exhibit in Europe.