JERRE DAVIDSONShape of Dance
Jerre Davidson is a sculptor currently working in glass. Each sculpture she creates, explores the shifting rhythms of a particular space, using gestural shapes, light, shadow and reflection to capture these spatial rhythms. Jerre studied at various centres of excellence in glass education, including Pilchuck, WA; the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, NY; and North Lands Creative Glass in Caithness, Scotland. Davidson has received a number of awards, including a first place award of excellence in sculpture at the Canadian Society of Artists Exhibition and an Ontario Arts Council Project Grant. Her work has been exhibited in Korea, Scotland, USA and Canada. Jerre works out of her studio in Southern Ontario, Canada.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, I studied at the Scottish Ballet School and later danced professionally. These early experiences are fundamental to my identity, and my love of dance and music is integral to my work. By recording dance movement in a motion capture studio and translating it into a 3-dimensional form using a rapid prototype machine, the dancer becomes part of the sculptural concept and the sculpture dances. These sculptural pieces strive to capture the sense of exhilaration, freedom and movement that I feel when dancing.
9.5” x 14” x 10.5”, Kiln-cast and cold-worked lead crystal
“Rose Spiral relies on a rigorous sequence of digital operations and traditional sculptural processes to translate contemporary dance movements into elegantly formal gestures in cast glass. Davidson broadens the intersection between technology and material practice by rendering the information of a body in motion into unexpected objecthood” – David Schnuckel (juror) – New Glass Review 41
Below is a conversation we had with Jerre, who shared with us her inspiration, process, challenges, and what we can expect to see next!
12” x 16” x 10”, Kiln-cast and cold-worked lead crystal
13” x 16” x 10”, Kiln-cast and cold-worked lead crystal
Pirouette, 13” x 10.5” x 9”, Kiln-cast and cold-worked glass
12.5” x 11” x 9”, Kiln-cast and cold-worked glass
11” x 19” x 13”, kiln-cast and cold-worked glass
“I create many pieces from the same movement pathways, however each piece is unique as I make creative decisions on whether to combine, removing or edit sections of the pathways.”
Pas de Trois,
Three pieces each approximately
8” x 7” x 8”, Kiln-cast and cold-worked lead crystal
10” x 13” x 9”, Kiln-cast and cold-worked glass
Middle – Excavating Awakening in the Kiln – it’s too heavy to be removed without risking breakage
Right – Final stage, grinding and polishing
8.5″ x 9.5″ x 11″. Kiln-cast and cold-worked glass
Spiral Waltz, Multi piece wall installation,
Large – 5″ x 4.5” x 3”, Medium – 5″ x 2.5″ x 2.5″, Small-4” x 2.5” x 1.5″,
Kiln-cast and cold-worked glass or lead crystal
“Each component emulates the swirling movement of the spiral waltz.”
Fouetté, 10″ x 14.5” x 11”, Kiln-cast and cold-worked glass
8” x 12” x 5”, Kiln-cast and cold-worked glass
Right: The Ruby Red Bullseye casting in the process of being cold-worked.
9.5” x 13” x 11.5”, Kiln-cast and cold-worked glass
“Flamenco is a dramatic form of dance that transmits passion. This work depicts the strength and emotion of the dancer” The negative space and shadows add to the dance of Flamenco.