Peace at Last!
Photorealist style of Kate Davis focuses on political history with feminist narratives
This small collection of works by Kate Davis is a response to the Glasgow Museums’ collection. The show focuses both on political history with feminist narratives and the archiving process mixed in with her own interventions. In the first room is the show’s title piece, an early 20th century postcard created at the height of the suffragette movement, which depicts a woman with a nail through her tongue. It reminds a modern audience that, while women have won the right to vote there is still inequality in our society. Supporting this allegorically, through images of characters in stifling sacks, are two Francisco de Goya prints, ‘Strange Folly (Disparate Ridiculo)’ and ‘People in Sacks’.
In Room 3 this historical feminist narrative continues with the pamphlet ‘The Militant Methods of the NWSPU’ and Kate Davis’ reworking ‘Reversibility (Militant Methods)’. The pamphlet was published to detail the suffragettes’ need for militant approaches but has been badly defaced, as documented by Davis’ pencil and print poster.
Through her photorealist style Davis beautifies the damage but also raises questions of when a political subject can be raised, if it is ever allowed to be raised at all.
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, until Sun 16 Oct