Gerwyn Davies is a photographic artist, advertiser and costume maker from Australia. Gerwyn completed a Bachelor of Photography with First Class Honours at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane where he was a member of the photography teaching staff before commencing his PhD in Sydney at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in 2017.
Combining abstract costume making and photographic self-portraiture, Gerwyn’s work focuses on the construction and performance of identity through dress and the body’s function as a platform for projecting an individual’s articulation of the self. By the fabrication and wearing of bricolage costumes from everyday materials, the work explores the potential for playfulness and subversion in reassembling and presenting the physical self as a range of renewable and distinct ‘characters’. Imbedding and prioritising a Camp aesthetic via costume, character and set construction, this work attempts to destabilise dominant social and cultural norms that restrain the act of dressing and wearing.
It is an ongoing series of self portraits, an inventory of selves, spinning out reinventions of the dressed body and toying with its limitations and expected forms. Current work further investigates this constructed self positioned in the context of scenes of recreation, leisure and travel, highlighting these sites as painstakingly constructed in and of themselves. Bland environments formulaically dressed and reinvigorated as spaces for pleasure, they become hyper visual assemblages.
Gerwyn is represented by Spiro Grace Arts Rooms Brisbane.
Gerwyn was a finalist in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Prize in 2016, 2015 and 2014, the Clayton Utz Art Award 2016 and the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize 2014. Gerwyn was selected by Artbank for the 2015 QPAC Photo Playhouse Commission, the 2011 ACMP Student Photographer of the Year and the 2012 Capture Magazine Australian Student Fashion Photographer of the Year. Gerwyn has exhibited in solo and group shows widely throughout Australia, in the USA and South America. He has been the recipient of funding from Arts Queensland, the National Association for Visual Arts and undertaken community activation and public art programs for various Councils through Queensland working with young people.