Conceptually speaking, Anna U Davis is the God Daughter of Roy Lichtenstein and Romare Bearden. The great African-American artist serves as Davis’ inspiration and validation for employing a variety of fonts and graphics excised from newspaper, fashion magazines, photographs, and other media. The results give multi-dimensional effect to the sexual, political and class-based concerns depicted by her not-white/not-black “Frocasians.” She is also beholden to the late Lichtenstein. Her cut-out components operate as her own form of “Ben-Day dots” which come together to create an overall cartoon-like realism. Yet the completed works’ composition and narrative ambiguity pushes beyond the flatness of mere cartoons (both metaphorically and visually). And yet Davis’ work does not easily fit into typical categories: her pictures seem as they may be autobiographical or tied to the artist’s “black” identity. However, the representations are not based on personal narrative. Ms. Davis was born and raised in Sweden and unlike her distinct, autonomous tribe of Africanized characters she has no black ancestry. Davis clearly is an obsessive and meticulous collagist, but her application technique is so tight and precise as to create a painterly, brush-like effect.
Artist Bio / CV
Anna U Davis was born in Lund, Sweden in 1975. She moved to the United States in 1998 and graduated with a BA in Painting from The University of the District of
Columbia in 2002. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group
exhibitions, including "The Corcoran Gallery of Art," "The Long View Gallery" and "Hillyer Art Space" in Washington, D.C. Davis is known for her bold, colorful,
graphic mixed-media work, where she explores her fascination with gender
relations. She is a two-time recipient of the the DC Commission on the Arts Artist Fellowship (2013 & 2010) and her work can be found in public and private collections in the United States and in Europe. Davis currently resides and works
in Washington, D.C.