I create work in response to the continuous onslaught of patriarchal ideals imposed on women in modern society. I reject the objectification of woman-identifying bodies as perpetuated through the male gaze, and reclaim the use of the female form through subversive feminine imagery using my own female presenting figure. My practice communicates the message that women’s rights are human rights, standing in solidarity with women of Iran while they resist the Islamic Republic’s state-sanctioned violence, ultimately being stripped of all basic human rights. I believe that addressing these injustices through art has the potential to bring awareness to otherwise silenced female voices.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Aubrey Davis has resided in the San Francisco Bay Area a majority of her life, born into a strenuous family dynamic influenced heavily by mental illness and patriarchal social constructs surrounding marriage. She was the first woman in her family to walk away from marriage, with intentions of burning her generation family trauma tree to the ground. The artist graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelors of Art History and Studio Arts. Davis’ medium is oil painting on velvet and sculptural installation as she documents the journey of life after divorce, the rejection of patriarchal ideals, and self-discovery through cognitive therapy and healing of generational trauma. She works to curate a space that she can be one hundred percent herself without shame, hoping to connect with other women artists standing in resilience to patriarchal standards. In 2021 Davis exhibited her first solo show entitled ‘Multi-Facet Femininity.’
© Aubrey-Anne Davis