Cass Davis


MFA 2017
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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Cass Davis is a Chicago-based artist with an MFA (2017) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Fiber and Material Studies.

Through performance, video, installation and sculpture, Cass Davis’ work examines their own Midwestern Evangelical upbringing. Davis is interested in understanding relationships between redemption, resurrection, embodied trauma, and the failure of the American dream. They are enchanted by the power of spiritual ecstasy and how the reclamation of ritual might offer the queer and marginalized body a transcendent experience. 

Davis’ work also reimagines rural materials like corn and hay, and spaces like the revival or parade —and expands the archival and photographic into embodied form. Through the hand-sewn, hand-woven, and hand-printed, Davis’ process embodies the obsessive devotion of the Believer.