Kaylem Davis is an artist working in a range of media, including printmaking and painting. His work is mostly figurative with a focus on the exploration of time and movement. His research this year has been influenced by social issues such as poverty and homelessness. Based in Co. Wicklow, Kaylem has exhibited work in IADT student shows such as High Heart (Pallas Projects/Studios, 2021), Afterthought (United Arts Club, 2020) and Making the Intangible Tangible (United Arts Club, 2019).
Kaylem’s project is focused on his interpretation of viewing people in public spaces. He feels a disconnect within society, observing that some people have become divided from the majority. In particular, his work explores how certain groups of people may appear to be socially detached, living in the background, muted like ghosts. Through experimenting with unconventional printmaking techniques and transparent materials such as glass and acetate, he aims to create strange and unusual ghost-like apparitions. His prints are primarily black and white, with limited colour, and multiple layers of acetate are used to suggest a holographic effect. Kaylem seeks to visually communicate his own thought process but prefers to leave his work open for interpretation. He hopes people can have their own personal engagement with the pieces.