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Moyra Davey



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With a focus on everyday items, including objects that are often overlooked, Moyra Davey’s photographs evoke the cyclical and durational experience of our daily existence—that which is simultaneously known and unknown, seemingly universal in its banality yet intensely personal. These four works are part of a series of images taken by Davey in her apartment, a subject to which the artist has frequently returned. Dust on the floor, an analog receiver on a shelf, an old stereo speaker on a table, two bare lightbulbs—the images of objects populating her own domestic interior depict the surfaces and subtle qualities of inhabited space experienced over time. Working on a relatively small scale, Davey uses traditional analog photography and prints her images herself, embracing seemingly outmoded means of representation and reproduction and devoting her attention to the antimonumental mutability of the private realm. [Permanent collection label, 2017]

  • Artist Moyra Davey (Canadian, b. 1958)
  • Title Receiver
  • Date 2003
  • Medium Chromogenic color print
  • Edition description 2/5
  • Dimensions sheet | 24 x 20 in.
  • Credit line University purchase with funds from Helen Kornblum, 2010
  • Object number WU 2010.0011.0002

Moving Parts: Time and Motion in Contemporary Art
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 05/09/2014 - 08/31/2014

Speaker Receiver
Kunsthalle Basel, 06/17/2010 - 08/29/2010

Long Life Cool White: Photographs by Moyra Davey
Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums, 02/28/2008 - 06/30/2008

Murray Guy Gallery (New York, NY)

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