Working in moving image, performance, sound and textiles, EC Davies cuts up words, lyrics, sound, movement and objects and reassembles them revealing a commonality of universal emotional themes such as desire, loss, longing and hope. Davies records herself and love heart decorated balaclava clad ‘others’ performing simple acts. With fortune cookie messages appearing on textiles and single words transformed into dance tracks, what once was familiar is reframed embracing the fluidity of process and interpretation. Performances are projected into imaginary realms where time and space is manipulated in edit, meditating on ideas of rhythm, movement, isolation and togetherness. Davies is based in Berlin and represented by Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne.
“The greatest pop songs work because they take a universal theme – love or loneliness for example – and give them a sense of transcendence through sheer force of melody that affects on us on a deeper level than if we’d just simply read the lyrics. They might seem throwaway, easy to produce, but how often does, say, a 'God Only Knows' by the Beach Boys, come along?
Similarly, EC Davies manages to straddle the playful with the profound in her work which she often seems to have produced while rummaging through a big box of fun. Masks, dressing up and her trademark ‘Love Dolls’ – angels in cuddly toy form – are all brought to bear, as, indeed, is music, with song lyrics, communal singing and pop videos all part of her world in which she teases real emotion from artifice.”
The Crack, May 2017