Gwenllian Davenport

b. 1996, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Lives and works in Merthyr Tydfil

Gwenllian works between two languages and the conflicts of muscle memory as she switches between them. Enticed by this tension and the slipperiness of language, her practice navigates her relationship with her mother tongue.

Tangled. Tongue tied. Tripping.

As a material, language is wrung, blended and chewed into formation. The process of communicating becomes bodily, just as the process of receiving this information is palpable. Viewing language as a material in equal status to the likes of plaster, clay and textile the lumps and bumps of language undergo a process of digestion; Gwenllian’s works often come to fruition through an instinctive approach to making. The result is a cyclical process; a practice which is in constant dialogue with itself as new works are rolled out and formed.

Gwenllian graduated in 2019 with a BA in Fine Art from Bath School of Art and Design, and has been awarded the Spike Island Graduate Fellowship, 2019/20, Kenneth Armitage Young Sculptor Award 2019, Bath Sparks Graduate Award, 2019, Outstanding Student Award for Fine Art 2019, Bath Spa University. She has a collaborative practice called MASH with Abi Charlesworth, and has exhibited at Arnolfini, Bristol, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, London and Bowes-Parris Gallery. Wandsworth, London.

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