Awake, Adream, Alseep, a solo exhibition by Nicki Davis

Still from Awake, Adream, Asleep. Video Projection, four-channel audio, foamcore, turntable, mirrors. 12 minutes.

Awake, Adream, Alseep, a solo exhibition by Nicki Davis, Artist and Sewanee Alum

Image: Still from Awake, Adream, Asleep. Video Projection, four-channel audio, foamcore, turntable, mirrors. 12 minutes.

October 8 – November 9, 2014
Artist talk and opening reception Friday, October 10 at 4:30 PM

The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building at University of the South is
pleased to present Awake, Adream, Asleep, a video installation by Tennessee artist and Sewanee alum Nicki Davis.

In Awake, Adream, Asleep, Davis engages in a conversation between her conscious and unconscious selves, both of which promise to transport the viewer to other places. The two voices lead the viewer to an abandoned home, yet they follow very different paths, signifying complicated relationships to lost places. The home also represents an unconscious, unreachable state of mind, where dreams and memories reside.

The audio installation consists of four speakers, creating a surround sound effect that moves around the viewer. The sound is complemented by a rotating video projection, which streams through the windows of a house, continually sweeping across the room. The installation is linked to the idea of a lighthouse, summoning the viewer from afar while also warning them of the danger of venturing too close. The lighthouse is like a long-lost home or a faint memory, a ghost in the depths of our unconscious minds—never still, but always moving and haunting our daily experiences with its presence.

Before relocating to Cincinnati, New York City, and back to Tennessee, Davis grew up on a farm outside of Nashville, where the strong bonds between home, family, and earth were impressed upon her from an early age and greatly influence her artwork today. The relationship between humans and their environment is a central theme in her work, which she communicates by creating rich sensory experiences for the viewers. Davis completed her M.F.A. degree at the University of Cincinnati in 2010. She received her B.A. in Studio Arts from The University of the South in 2002.

Carlos Gallery
Nabit Art Building
105 Kennerly Road
University of the South
Sewanee, Tennessee
gallery hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 -
contact: Jessica Wohl 931.598.1256

More of Davis’s work can be seen at