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Sparse Trails of Haunted Conquests, by Davida Bache, 2017
6 Mar 2018

Media: Acrylic polymer paint and graphite

Artist's Statement from the Onion Reality Exhibition

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper or more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” Dr. Brene Brown.

In response to the chosen theme of ‘vulnerability,' my aim was to explore this human natural state as a powerful source. Vulnerability evokes our raw truth, gaining us self-awareness, understanding, connection and empathy.

The use of text underpins this work, sources such as psychology, spirituality, poetry, and song lyrics steeped in human emotion offering prime examples of vulnerability as power. The many layers of texture and paint were instinctively applied in response to the texts' emotive qualities. Thus, creating movement, line, and gesture, suggestions of vulnerability in these elements appear as fragile marks as if wounded and scared.

Whilst exploring vulnerability as a powerful force, ultimately my own vulnerabilities transcended into the work, thus allowing acceptance, and offering compassion to a human trait that is needed and yet undervalued in terms of growth, truth and understanding.


Sparse Trails of Haunted Conquests, by Davida Bache, 2017, was exhibited at the Onion Reality exhibition at Front Up, 9  11 Rowley Street, Seven Hills, NSW, from 27 February to 3 March, 2018. Davida was a participant in the Emerge 2017 program supported by Ability Options, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Accessible Arts. It is funded by Ability Options, the Packer Family Foundation and Crown Resorts Foundation. The program is focused on supporting practicing artists with disability.

For more information on the work of Davida Bache, please contact Front Up.
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Photo: Accessible Arts
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