The Artist – Davina Kemble
Over a 25 year period I studied and developed my artistic skills working exclusively with character woods as a chosen medium – incorporating architectural and sculptural forms. I then went on to study wire and paper modeling and print making.
In 2013 I received a First Class Honours Degree in Applied Art and Design from Bath Spa University and won the Business Plan Merit Award for The Pebblewood Coffin.
In 2014 I was awarded a Masters of Fine Art by Bath Spa University and continue to work in mixed media whilst developing and bringing the Pebblewood Urn to market.
Coming to terms with mortality – be it for a loved one or for oneself – can bring forth unintended outcomes.
As an artist it had always been my intention to make my final resting place – a means by which I could nurture myself through unknown territory… it was however an unexpected illness that propelled me to get the project started before it was too late!
After extensive research I chose the form of a pebble. An organic, universal shape created by nature and honed by the passage of life – as are we all.
The initial outcome was The Pebblewood Coffin – a structure that would embrace, hold and protect my body in a relaxed position whilst remaining approachable to others – smooth and tactile. I selected Birch Ply for its quality and the symbolic effects it elicits when carved, emulating the annular rings of a tree – the cycle of life.
The design was met with such wide ranging, positive response that I was encouraged to take the project further.
The Pebblewood Urn is the developed outcome and I am delighted to offer up my thoughts and ideas to others by bringing it to market.