William (Bryant) Davis, is originally from Moncks Corner, South Carolina. It was not until the age of 19 that he began to focus on personal endeavors of art-making. Halfway through his career as a student at Wofford College, in Spartanburg, SC, he declared a Studio Art major, in addition to his already focused path on art, in the Art History department. His greatest interests are in texture, textiles, and perspective of space in a distorted way that alters his medium’s presentation. Most favored of his focuses are chairs. He has rendered his creations of chairs in different perspectives showing them in various fabrics, wallpapers, and even carpet, emphasizing his focus on the making of art inspired by the mediums of interior spaces.
Each individual artist has a drastically different perspective on their surroundings and what they let or choose to inspire them. In certain moments, it may come into question whether you are guiding the artwork, or is the artwork guiding you? The question of whether or not your materials have control over you, is one that can reveal the initial drive that is within the artist. In my work, I have revealed to myself that sometimes my focus on particular materials is entirely manipulated by my environment. I have discovered that, after my environment and my past experiences have launched me into a field of textiles and elements of interior spaces, I then take control of the materials and manipulate them to become a form of my perspective. My focus has become largely obsessed with fabrics that is, what can be done with them, to them, or around them. I have therefore created chairs out of fabric that are two-dimensional rather than three-dimensional, in order to bring a new perspective to the forefront. This perspective being one that focuses on the object that has been rendered, as in my blue velvet chair, titled “Velvet Perspective.” The objective is not to simply present a representation of an object, but focus the viewers’ attention on that of the texture of the piece, and the process through which it was rendered.
There is a great world of unknown in the study of textiles in an artistic manner. There have been many attempts by myself and other artists to bring distortion to the expected final product, and I see an abundance of potential in the manipulation of this medium. My pursuits will continue to obsess over the environment that I was raised in visually, and take those perceptions from memory and current surroundings, to produce further works of two-dimensional chairs, and household objects created out of fabric, that render a feeling of historical nostalgia and a contrasting use of modern elements and forms.