Emily Davidson is an artist, activist and graphic designer based in Kjipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia). Her artistic practice uses printmaking to investigate the history of leftist political movements, imagine utopian futures, and agitate for social justice causes. Her current research / creation focuses on the entangled relationship of print media in historic and ongoing colonization of Indigenous lands across Turtle Island and interrogates and the role printers played in Transatlantic Slavery in the territories that became Canada. Emily graduated from NSCAD University in 2009 (BFA, Interdisciplinary) and is a current MFA candidate at NSCAD.
Letterpress on paper and sign vinyl, 2020. Installed in the windows of the Dawson Printshop at NSCAD University for unpunctuated: NSCAD MFA Group Show.
Glenora Zine: amiskwaciwâskahikan ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ, Treaty 6 Territory
This co-authored zine by Ana Smith and Emily Davidson was produced through the Mitchell Art Gallery Exchange Mentor Program. Artists Dana Belcourt and Autumn also contributed pages to this publication.
New Nova Scotia Views
Photopolymer letterpress and watercolour on paper, 2020. Installed in Gut Feeling at Dalhousie Art Gallery, curated by Angela Glanzmann and Wes Johnson. See the The Coast and Visual Arts News for reviews of the exhibition.
New Nova Scotia Views is a collaborative project with Elyse Moir. This project reworks Gerarld Ferguson’s 1984 series Landscapes and Seascapes by responding to the conceptual painting practice undertaken by Ferguson and Gerard Collins that created a painting series based on landscapes postcards of Nova Scotia. This project interrogates the original work by repeating a similar conceptual process—hired collaborators paint landscape postcards—but focuses more keenly on the artists as workers. Our project adds the concepts of fair compensation and shared credit to the original conversation on authorship.
Overdyed yarn installation, 2019. Installed in Not Everybody* Is a Painter: MFA Group Show, Anna Leonowens Gallery. See process documentation on Instagram.
How It’s Made
Digitally printed wallpaper, 2018. Installed in Unpacking the Living Room, MSVU Art Gallery, Halifax NS. Exhibition curated by Dr. Julie Hollenbach. See the online exhibition catalogue and project Instagram for more details.
Digitally printed signage installation, 2015. Installed in Detournments, Artcite Inc, Windsor ON. Curated by Andrea Slavik.
Another World: Archives of the Inner City Artists’ Commune
Letterpress and screen prints, 2013. Exhibited in Activist Ink, MSVU Art Gallery, Halifax NS, curated by Ingrid Jenkner and Posts and Pillars, XPACE, Toronto ON, curated by Jennifer Simaitis and Stefan Hancherow. See The Coast and Halifax Media Coop for press about the work.
Watercolour on paper, 2016. Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax NS, curated by Robin Metcalfe.
Agitate, Educate, Organize
Letterpress installation, 2012. Khyber Centre for the Arts, Halifax NS. See The Coast for press about the work.