Tessa Davidson

My work is a blend of contemporary and traditional media—combining performance, video, sound, and representational oil painting. I am inspired by historic forms of the human figure, particularly when the figure is integrated into sacred art. Symbolic gestures, objects, and themes of Medieval and Renaissance art heavily influence my subject matter. Through odd juxtapositions, my paintings and performances are infused with absurd, poetic elements, allowing viewers to puzzle at the content individually. By masking traditional elements in contemporary veils, I aim to highlight humanity’s ongoing existential quest for hope, meaning, trust, and belief.

Hope Has Feathers (for Francis)

Oil on Linen
61″ x 66″

Tug of War (for Lucy)

Oil on Linen
37″ x 66″, 37″ x 66″ (Diptych)

With You Always

Video, Performance (New Media)
5 min 17 sec; on loop

Fight Fire with Fire (for Genèvieve)

Oil on Linen
53″ x 66″