(American, b. 1965)
Color woodcut and etching
Support: Rives BFK Buff 100% rag paper
© Dexter Davis
Gift of Susan and Dean Trilling 2008.306
The skeletal face at the center of Spirit represents the artist, combined with imagery that inspires him. The horizontal lines that cross the face refer to patterns of Polynesian scarification, a type of body modification, which the artist encountered through sculpture. Spirit’s red background signifies blood, which for Davis is an expression of vitality, crucial to the life force he associates with this work. Alongside his artistic practice, Dexter Davis has served as a gallery guard at the Cleveland Museum of Art since 1991.
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