Kenturah Davis: Everything That Cannot Be Known

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Kenturah Davis: Everything that Cannot Be Known, the artist’s debut monograph commemorating her first solo exhibition at the SCAD Museum of Art in 2020.

Reworking photographs from fact to fiction, Davis uses mark-making processes, including her own handwriting and rubber letter stamps, to explore the impossibilities of representing Black bodies. Often blurred by other layers of material treatment, her figures seem to display auras or traces of movement in areas of raised or recessed relief. Witnessing the works’ graphic complexity as a metaphor, the viewer ultimately wonders: can the multitudes of our identities ever be known? 

Davis is interested in language and its relationship to the formation of identity. Her multilayered process includes different forms of translation: from text to image, reality to representation. Her figures often intersect with words or appear in movement. Exploring the potential of transmutable materials, she interrogates the human essence. 

Author(s):Kenturah Davis, Humberto Moro Jayy Dodd,  Stephanie E. Goodalle, Diane von Furstenburg, SCAD Museum of Art, Paula Wallace
Page Count:
76 pages
Publisher : SCAD Press
Year : 2020
Size : 8.25 × 10.25 in.