Tram Davies

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Influences

"Whenever you look at a work of art, remember to ask yourself, 'Is it great art or is it great big art?'" - Larry Joe Spivey

 

Chronology

Born Saigon, Vietnam.

Lived in Tokyo, Japan from age 4 to 13. Developed sense of discovery and wanderlust from exploring the streets of Ginza and Shinjuku and traveling the globe extensively.

Moved to California. Studied Film Theory at University of California, Irvine with Eric Rentschler, who introduced the theories of Jacques Lacan and Christian Metz. As a result, became interested in image systems in an ideological context and subsequently in finding subversive ways of working within mainstream art to create alternative ways of seeing.

Later, studied photography with Ken Slosberg, who preached that process can lead to conception. This led to years of experimenting with processes and camera work to finally develop a style that features multi-layered details, complex compositions, and a sense of mystery -- tools for showing rather than telling an open-ended visual narrative.



Books
Goode’s World Atlas
Ways of Seeing - John Berger
The Imaginary Signifier - Christian Metz
Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir - Foster Hirsch
Hitchcock/Truffaut - François Truffaut
Le Manifesto du Surréalisme - André Breton
Eye of the Beholder - Marc Behm

Music
Strange Weather - Marianne Faithful
Chet Baker Sings and Plays From the Film "Let’s Get Lost" - Chet Baker
Ascenseur pour l'échafaud - Miles Davis
Tango: Zero Hour - Astor Piazzolla
La Revancha del Tango - Gotan Project
Baduizm - Erykah Badu
Waltz for Koop - Koop

Photographers
Bill Brandt
Henri Cartier-Bresson
André Kertesz
Ruth Thorne-Thomsen
Abelardo Morell

Artists
Giorgio DiChirico
Edward Hopper
Mark Rothko
Gustav Klimt