Imbi Davidson

Imbi Davidson artist
Imbi Davidson is a young artist currently residing in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.

Her arts education began in South Australia and has led her to Darwin and Lismore, where she has recently completed a Masters by Research in the Visual Arts. Her arts practice has also taken Imbi far and wide with residencies in the Northern Territory, New Zealand and Canada, and solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia.

Imbi describes herself as a "painter, drawer, mark-maker and intuitive explorer of surfaces on any form of material", with work that "penetrates the landscape of the soul, giving resonance to its form, pattern and history". Her work draws from the actual Australian landscape and Imbi's psychogical connection with it and 'mood' located within it.

She uses recycled media as a common substrate for her work and continues to explore the use of natural pigments from plant extracts and other sources from her locale, incorporating them into her work with more conventional paint material.

For a young artist, Imbi has had a rich 'apprenticeship' to both conceiving and making art, as well as exhibiting it. We won't say much more about her work here, as others have articulated it so much better previously. Please read the review of Imbi's work in 2011 by Nicolas Rothwell in The Australian at this link.

More information is available at her website - here.

Imbi's work is held in the James Erskine Collection in Sydney and private collections in Australia.

Uncharted Territories

A solo exhibition by Imbi Davidson

Arts Northern Rivers, Alstonville July to August, 2013

Curated by The Channon Gallery
Curatorial Notes

An immediate sense of richness and sophistication, without too much focus on any particular item. Painterly gestures, strident and soft marks in the media and compositions suffused with some form of spirit, some sort of place, and there is palpable emotion.

There are apparent influences, such as that of Australian artists, Fred Williams, Ian Fairweather and Tony Tuckson, and there is her own history (and creative, philosophical and spiritual inputs) of living with indigenous people in Arnhem Land and the inspiration provided by the Australian landscape and its native plants.

The power of her work, though, stems from an authentic exploration of her response to this, and of self, in mapping ‘country’ and employing an intuitive visual language as an abstracted cartography of the organisation of nature, its natural scars, its layers of impacts and habitation, history and, somehow, an inextricable link to place - Darwin, Arnhem Land (the North) and Terania (the South) - latitude and longitude, colour, transparency, the play of light, physical forms of plants and their roles within patches, biomorphic zones ... disparate landscapes and responses to those landscapes.

The artist is ever-present here. Imbi, herself, is just as much a part of this abstraction, the landscape as it is felt, the plants as they are observed, their essence, deconstructed ... morphed - meaning and spirit expressed.

There is an intuition and immediacy so palpably employed; sometimes a stridency and sometimes something that is more forgiving - and more yielding - in these works.

Somehow, though, it is possible to emerge from the tumult and beauty of Imbi’s expositions into this landscape of place and mind, quite gloriously.

This exhibition is a microcosm of Imbi’s work starting in Darwin and Terania, and reworked and added to, in this time and place, here in Northern Rivers. It maps opposite places - in what could be considered ‘abstract expressionism’ - but “isms” aside - it maps memories, stories, rebellion, assimilation, certainty, questions and emotions of a human’s experience - Imbi’s experience with landscape and place ... history and her place in it.

David Corazza