Davina Kirkpatrick is an artist, academic and researcher who lives and works in the South West of England. Making is fundamental to her practice as is the relationship between transparency, translucency, opacity through mark, trace and impression.
In Davina’s work there is a thread of playfulness and enquiry that connects a varied and diverse career spanning theatre design, public art, socially engaged practice and collaborative interdisciplinary projects.
In 2010 she completed an MA in Multi Disciplinary Print at University of the West of England, which formed the basis of her current doctoral research at UWE – Stories, lost voices and absence through loss ad landscapes; a practice based study of collaborative projects – supervised by Sarah Bodman, Dr Iain Biggs and Dr Avril Maddrell.
The PhD, began in 2012, sets out with an initial research question. can personal grief narratives, explored through contemporary arts practice and the collaborative, performative act result in access into the restorative space of mourning between what continues to exist and what is missing in the physical world?
As Ingold says ” to perceive the landscape is therefore to carry out an act of remembrance, and remembering is not so much a matter of calling up an internal image, stored in the mind, as of engaging perceptually with an environment that is itself pregnant with the past “ (2000:189)
She is continuing to explore the relationship between presence and absence and finding ways for them to shimmer together through her own artworks and through collaborative rituals in chosen landscapes.