Narrative Threads

Exhibition Dates: September 3rd - September 25th, 2021 in Flower City Arts Center, 713 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

Reception: Friday September 3rd, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. in Flower City Arts Center, 713 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

Exhibition by Ceramics Resident Zara Bronwyn Davis
September 3-25, 2021
Opening Reception: Friday, September 3 6-9pm
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Thursday 9am-9pm
Saturday 12pm-5pm

The work is an exploration of imagery and adornment. Each piece draws from a variety of historical sources. Combining literary and historical figures to create hybrid images of strength and femininity. These archetypical figures are melded with images and motifs from the artistic past. Each figure is clothed in a transparent illusory gown referencing shapes and cuts from historical fashions while leaving their time and identity ambiguous.

Zara Davis is a ceramic artist and summa cum laude graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology (BFA 2019). She currently works in Rochester NY as a resident artist for Flower City Arts Center and as a freelance jewelry designer. Over her academic career Zara developed a passion for interpreting and displaying the female form through her work. She uses a combination of three-dimensional form and two dimensional imagery to create pieces that are both starkly beautiful and imbue subtle emotion. Zara’s work is intricate, detail oriented and aimed at showing the sumptuous nature of the body and strength of femininity.

Zara has incorporated her love for painting, drawing, jewelry and fiber arts in to her wider ceramics practice, earning recognition with academic awards, exhibitions and the sale of commissioned works. Zara’s work has been exhibited in multiple juried shows throughout the past eight years and a BFA solo exhibition Physical Mythos. She also helped represent RIT in the Annual Memorial Art Gallery: Fine Craft Show & Sale student exhibition. Most recently Zara’s work and was selected to participate in the The Clay Center of New Orleans 2019 Creep Show (collaborative piece) and Flower City Arts Center 2019 Good Things Come in Small Packages juried exhibitions.

Zara plans to continue pursuing and developing her ceramic career as well as furthering her knowledge of other artistic disciplines. She is currently looking into MFA programs and residencies around the country and is excited to share her perspective and learn from the wider artistic community.