Graduate Work Spotlight: Janet Ruth Davies

Hidden in Plain Sight – Janet Ruth Davies

Hidden in Plain Sight touches on the perceptual relationship between the visible and invisible, the cultural politics of being seen and the desire to hide. The project initially found its inspiration from a geological discovery made by Charles Darwin in 1831. As Darwin walked through the mountains of north Wales on a field trip, he discovered an unusual group of boulders in the glaciated cirque of Cwm Idwal. The boulders he surmised were erratics and had migrated upon the ice flow some 12,000 years ago.

At one time invisible the erratics reveal a fundamental asymmetry of that which can be seen and is unseen. A second register of photographs sits in relationship to the boulders. Females forms playfully fold into abandoned spaces creasing into a veiled reciprocity between body and place. These images render the outer surface visible whilst masking an invisible interior. As the erratics reveal their weathered forms spatially and temporally over geological time, the partially concealed bodies of the women allude to the gender politics of invisibility and the need to unveil hidden female histories both past and present.