Sarah Davidson



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The Secret Life of Forms
Erin Stump Projects, Toronto
April 26 - May 25, 2019



The Dappled World, watercolour, pastel, pencil and pencil crayon on paper, 50 x 72 in, 2019


Plant Blindness, watercolour, ink, pastel, pencil and pencil crayon on paper, 38 x 50 in , 2019


Feelers, watercolour, ink, pastel, pencil and pencil crayon on paper, 27 x 35 in, 2019


Lived Along Lines, ink, watercolour, pastel, pencil and pencil crayon on paper, 68 x 46 in, 2019


Seems Ascidian, watercolour, pastel, pencil and pencil crayon on paper, 122 x 44 in, 2019


Web Weaver, watercolour, pastel, pencil and pencil crayon on paper, 90 x 44 in, 2019


Lens Critters, ink, watercolour, pastel, pencil and pencil crayon on paper, 23 x 34 in, 2019


Orb Flower, watercolour, ink, pastel, pencil and pencil crayon on paper, 22 x 19 in, 2019


Leggy Confusion, watercolour, ink, pastel, flashe, pencil and pencil crayon on paper, 22 x 25 in, 2019


Spiderplant, watercolour, ink, pastel and pencil crayon on panel, 45 x 60 in, 2018


"Tentacularity is about life lived along lines — and such a wealth of lines — not at points, not in spheres”
(Donna Haraway, ‘Tentacular Thinking: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene’)

Who can claim to see, from a body or a place, anything besides a tangled thicket? Among trees, shifting wind and light diffract into patterns, which reveal new dimensions of moss and critter, colour and texture. In 'The Secret Life of Forms', a mesh of pigments and lines reframe the 'natural', casting light on Sarah Davidson's various references. Sinuous lines link to Hilma af Klint, Maria Sibylla Merian, or Ernst Haeckel - through a sieve of observation and projection. Weaving of this kind is not the disembodied view of a transcendentalist; the dizzying effect of roaming perspective is a spidery thought. Sticky webs fold and cling as spiders weave meanings in the changing light and the wind between branches.