Siân Davey

Siân Davey is a photographer with a background in Fine Art and Social Policy. She has worked as a humanist psychotherapist for the past 15 years, and it is this training that has helped facilitate an acute and nuanced awareness of both herself and her immediate worlds.  Her work is an investigation of the psychological landscapes of herself, her family and her community, all of which are central to her practice.

 

The series Martha presents an idyllic scene that is layered with underlying tensions.  It is named after the artist's stepdaughter and grew as a response to the question 'why don't you photograph me anymore?' Davey sensed that within that question there was perhaps an anxiety that Martha felt her step-mother had lost interest in her - it was almost a demand to be seen. Certainly, Martha's younger sister Alice had been the artist's primary focus for the previous 18 months. In the resulting series, the camera negotiates the thresholds and social boundaries of her stepdaughter's worlds, both within and without the family. Underlying the series is a collaborative attempt by two individuals to understand one another. Brought together to 'perform' as mother and daughter, their mutual understanding is in part framed by a shared sense of maternal absence and by the complex and fluid nature of family and friendship in the world of the adolescent.

 

Siân has recently completed her MA and MFA in photography. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including more recently, the Arnold Newman Award for New Directions in Portraiture and the Prix Virginia Woman's Photography Award. Her work has been included in the National Portrait Gallery's Taylor Wessing Portrait Award for the last three years. Her book Looking for Alice was shortlisted for the Aperture Best Book Award at Paris Photo 2016.