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Lottie Davies: Memories and Nightmares

Photographer Lottie Davies presents her most recent works in this major solo show at the LA Noble Gallery.

Fri 5th April 2013, 11:00am – Sat 4th May 2013, 06:00pm

LA Noble Gallery, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street London E1 7PF

Written by Amelia Gregory

Category: Art

Lottie Davies viola-as-twins
Lottie Davies, Viola as Twins.

Award winning photographer Lottie Davies presents a major solo show at the LA Noble Gallery during the month of April.

Lottie Davies' work is concerned with stories and personal histories, the tales and myths we use to structure our lives: memories, life-stories and beliefs. She takes inspiration from classical and modern painting, cinema and theatre as well as the imaginary worlds of literature. She employs a deliberate reworking of our visual vocabulary, playing on our notions of nostalgia, visual conventions and subconscious ‘looking habits’, with the intention of evoking a sense of recognition, narrative and movement.

Lottie Davies - what-is-the-future
Lottie Davies, What is the future?

Lottie Davies' elaborately staged scenes are the visual manifestation of memories and nightmares, the multiple layers giving each image the possibility of numerous interpretations. Davies' images are for the strong willed individual who is not afraid to face their demons: bold, strong, intensely intriguing constructions worthy of prolonged viewing. Colour is key to her work; emerald greens, reds and turquoise guide the viewer towards her meticulously constructed tableaux, where the full subtleties then come into play. Furniture, costume and props are found to build each image, whether through an impossible reflection in a mirror or the strangeness of a rocking horse in a maternity ward.

A few years ago I interviewed Lottie Davies about the series she made to go with the poignant documentary film Dreams of a Life: you can read that here. Davies’ unique style has won her recognition and numerous awards, most recently for the series Memories and Nightmares, which won the Young Masters Award in December 2012. Read a full interview about the creation of Memories and Nightmares here.

Opening times: Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm