English photographer Sian Davey has a deep background in Fine Art and Social Policy. After studying painting at the Bath Academy of Art, the artist explored the wild waters of the mind, learning Integrative Psychotherapy Training, which led to her becoming a professional practicing psychotherapist.
Therefore, the visual outcome of the extent knowledge is not surprising in the ongoing series, titled Martha. The center of the project is Martha, a beautiful young girl becoming a woman. The work is an investigation of the transition between adolescence and adulthood. The artist dives into delicate territories, displaying the challenges of existential development and defining oneself.
“The work began when Martha was 16 years of age, a time when a child is on that cusp of being and becoming a woman. It’s a particular period of time, when for a brief period you are both a young woman and child in the same body, before the child leaves and the young woman stands on her own to meet the world. It’s a complex and potentially confusing time. During this period of transition, there is a very short human space when a person can behave free of the weight of societal expectations and norms. Before long that window closes and we can easily forget how it felt to be ‘untethered’,” explained the artist.
The whole body of work can be also interpreted as a search on the intertwined souls of the artist and Martha. Sian Davey beautifully captures the delicate moments of life, while telling a narrative about the complex web of self-discovery.