the Language of Nature: Deb Davis-Livaich
The art of Deb Davis-Livaich is about a long love and concern for Nature and
beauty in peril. Her art strives to provoke viewers to take notice of
the overlooked worlds beneath their feet and to truly see the hidden beauty
in the weathered bark of the tree up ahead.
Many of her works are
carefully constructed still-lifes or collages of
forms and patterns from the ocean reef, shore or woodland floor rendered in
ceramic or cast in bronze. Her assemblages combine heavily weathered
wood and natural materials from the woodland floor or beach with ceramic
forms, cast bronze and beaded flora.
Davis-Livaich refers to her works as conversations with
Nature. Her art is more than just Nature-inspired; it is
Nature-engaged. There is a deep relationship here and the artist is
responding with her art to what speaks to her in Nature. There is a give
and take, a back and forth between the artist and Nature. Sometimes
the artistic interpretation is so subtle that it is difficult to
distinguish where the art begins and Nature leaves off. Other works
are a bold celebration of Nature’s beauty. Sometimes she repeats Nature’s
marks and patterns, but most often she reinterprets, builds upon and
embellishes Nature’s voice. The beading, drawing, wood burning, the
addition of paint and patina, the various methods of adorning the pieces
are Deb Davis-Livaich’s ways of drawing the
viewer in for a closer look, hoping that we will see what we’ve missed.
Deb Davis-Livaich studied fine art at the Columbus College of Art
and Design and graduated with a major in Printmaking and Drawing from the
Cleveland Institute of Art. She is represented by Studios on High
Gallery, Columbus Ohio. Studiosonhigh.com.