Dianne Davis is a photo-based artist who lives and works in Toronto. She explores the complex relationships between humans and the natural world. Davis uses images to puncture the sense of inevitability that often informs the landscape and makes it difficult to read and deconstruct its artifice. She employs a variety of gestures to interrupt the ‘naturalization’ of the natural world. Some gestures are subtle, relying on lighting, framing or image selection and juxtaposition, other gestures are more dramatic, such as interventions in the landscape, or dismantling, distorting and recombining images, resulting in fantastical manipulations. These gestures highlight the artifice in the landscape, allowing us to contemplate the normative effect these ‘naturalized’ spaces have on us and to examine the gap between what is and what could be.
Dianne Davis would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and the Toronto Arts Council.