Art show Reverie brings artistic dreams to life

by | Apr 28, 2015 | A&E

Samantha Juric
A&E Reporter

Photography student Carmin Davidson, 27, has begun experimenting with taking pictures of people.

And milk.

Davidson was transfixed by a painting she had seen of a woman lying in a bath submerged in milk and flower petals.

“There was a story there. I’ve always loved photographing women,” Davidson said.

She said, “There is something feminine about the imagery, it reminded me of Cleopatra who used to take milk baths. It’s cleansing, rejuvenating and healing.”

Davidson’s photographs of women soaking in milk baths can be viewed at the Twist Gallery on Queen West in the Photography program’s final art show called Reverie.

The show is accurately named as it indeed feels as if you are walking through a dream.

“We thought it was a great way to describe all the different creative minds and concepts involved in the show,” said Davidson.

Photography student Mahalia Rahman-Flake, 22, is also gripped by the power of women in photographs.

Her final year collection includes a series called The Porcelain Dolls, which features women who are seemingly cradled by a vivid red sheet.

The contrast between the pale skin of the women and the vibrancy of the sheet is striking.

Rahman-Flake said, “I’m more of a candid photographer so I didn’t go into the shoot thinking. I had no outcome in mind. I literally just packed the sheet and went with the flow of the shoot.”

She said that the subject in her photos brought her mind to places she had never explored creatively before.

Photography student Hannah Brown explored the textures of nature and the way it plays against skin.

“I’ve truly been inspired by the people who surround and support me,” said Brown.

She said, “The three woman in my gallery images are my beautiful friends.”

Brown said she finds inspiration everywhere from her colleagues work to things she observes while walking down the street.

Davidson said her art is largely driven by the need to tell stories.

“I want to create intimate shots that make people contemplate the stories behind them,” said Davidson.