Walawaani Njindiwaan.
Ngayaga bundj nguumbun muladha gumara muruul yuwinj wanggan njin dhugandha.


We recognise Aboriginal peoples as the first people and custodians of Country.

South East Centre for Contemporary 
Art acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional custodians of the lands, waterways and airspace of the Bega Valley Shire.

Gerwyn Davies : Glisten

10 Feb — 5 Apr 2024


Chambers Gallery | SECCA

Gerwyn Davies, Encounter, 2023, archival pigment print, edition of 5 + 1AP, 85 x 150 cm

During his undergraduate study, Gerwyn Davies’ practice of costume-making and photography merged into the imaging of surreal characters. His mature practice sees Davies construct a mis en scene which becomes the backdrop for a single elaborate, exaggerated, over-the-top character, such as a human-sized lobster, with Davies’ own tattooed legs and Doc Martens footwear visible below the costume, looking at the Big Prawn (in his series Subtropics). The person in the costume is always Davies himself, and these garments, made from utilitarian products, brightly coloured, are piled on his body like uncomfortable, claustrophobic “clothes”. His body is the platform for the characters with whom he is intrinsically involved.

Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

Queensland-born, Sydney-based Davies, 36, sews his own costumes. He wants to transform into sculptures, not create self-portraits, so he never shows his face in any of his photographs. Often, he cannot see out of the costume when he is photographing himself.

“There are times when I can vaguely see through a haze of fabric, but there are other times when the material is really restrictive and I can panic. It gets hot. It’s this PVC stretch, but it doesn’t breathe, so putting it on your face can be quite confronting.”

Steve Dow, The Guardian, December 2021