Kenturah Davis: Everything that Cannot be Known

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SCAD University Press proudly presents Kenturah Davis: Everything that Cannot be Known, the artist’s debut monograph commemorating her first solo exhibition at the SCAD Museum of Art in 2020. Featuring an insightful preface by Diane von Furstenberg and an oeuvre-defining essay by curator Humberto Moro, the catalog also includes a conversation between Davis and Stephanie E. Goodalle and poems by Jayy Dodd.

Reworking photographs from fact to fiction, Davis uses mark-making processes, including her own handwriting and rubber letter stamps, to explore the impossibilities of representing Black bodies. Often blurred by other layers of material treatment, her figures seem to display auras or traces of movement in areas of raised or recessed relief. Witnessing the works’ graphic complexity as a metaphor, the viewer ultimately wonders: can the multitudes of our identities ever be known?

About the Artist

Based across Los Angeles, California; New Haven, Connecticut; and Accra, Ghana, Kenturah Davis works in drawing, painting, sculpture, and performance. Davis is interested in language and its relationship to the formation of identity. Her multilayered process includes different forms of translation: from text to image, reality to representation. Her figures often intersect with words or appear in movement. Exploring the potential of transmutable materials, she interrogates the human essence. Davis is represented by Matthew Brown Los Angeles.

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