Belonging – Watts Gallery
Watts Gallery is delighted to announce that our newest sculptural installation by artist Deborah Davies (Dd) will continue to be exhibited at Watts Gallery throughout the Summer of 2021. The sculpture, entitled Belonging, consists of a series of suspended large-scale willow balls and explores the potential of art as an activist tool, referencing ideas of societal prejudice, displacement and loneliness. Each ball is intricately woven in willow, holding an individual identity through its structure, size and colour. The forms jostle together, at once huddling for protection and fighting to be seen. Yet there is also a tension in their placement – the sculptural forms have been carved from nature but they no longer belong to the nature surrounding them. Dd states that the work can be interpreted as ‘a comment on the other and the stark differences that people see in each other. There is the potential in society not to fit it, to not quite belong anywhere. This work acts as an exploration of boundaries, categories and inclusion. The intention of this work is to promote acceptance and social equality’.