The triptychs Edges and Expansion are the result of a spiritual and personal evolution. For me, art making is linked to gesture. The gesture of a brush moving across a sheet of paper leaves a mark behind. Both the gesture of mark making and the mark left by the gesture are equally part of the finished work.

Abstract paintings anchor each triptych in an exploration of gesture and how our personal or spiritual growth changes the way we move in the world. As I explored my own edges internally, my personal growth created an outward shift. This momentum led to new gestures in my painting, leaving marks that were wild and uneven compared to my earlier work.

The book pages in these triptychs are also a byproduct of gesture. Each word that stands clear has been left in the absence of gesture. The gesture unmade, the word left legible, the brush stroke withheld: all of these are crucial to the art making process. My growth and transformation as a person is not simply about how I choose to act but how I choose to refrain from action. Stillness holds as much power as movement. This dance of gesture and stillness is a paradox that manifests in the creative process in a very tangible way and I think it illustrates a similar paradox of how we grow and change in our understanding of our personhood or identity.


  • Samantha Davis

    Samantha Davis is an artist theologian living in Seattle, Washington. She works primarily in watercolor and deconstructed books. Her work often explores themes of story, chronic illness, trauma and healing. You can find more of her work at Samantha holds an MA in Theology & Culture from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology.