I am the Pirate of my Life

You are The Pirate Of Your Life. 

Being The Pirate of My Life is a life installation that I have been doing for the last 200 days. I have been considering and researching the imagery of the Jolly Roger - Skull and Crossbones, for a few years. My continuous obsession with navigating the unknown has led into an interpretation of Pirates and their Flag, the Jolly Roger, as an identification of how to guarantee we live our lives exactly as we want. I have used simple associations with Pirates to guide my decisions, such as having to steer ones ship daily, even momentarily; adventuring and looking for treasure or delight in everything; navigating the unknown; taking risks; trusting instincts and non emotionally removing that which does not serve, letting it 'walk the plank'.  The paintings are concepts that have emerged from this time reflecting thoughts, hurt, questions, humour and always light, both philosophical and physical. These ideas are represented by juxtaposing the imagery with a subtle, flowing watercolour painting technique and perspectives that induce feelings of intrigue and wonder out of potentially dark spaces. The key philosophy behind the work lies in the choice of life or death along the path of the eternal flux of our lives. In order to progress and truly live our lives fully we must make peace with death and in so doing become alive existing beyond our limits from one moment to the next. By continuously choosing light and life we find our lives unfolding in an abundance of possibilities and opportunities. The alternative is to become stuck and confined by a single perspective that will undoubtably shadow any current circumstances ensuring the individual never strays their lonely path.


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Nix Davies

"Through the mystery of navigating the unknown we are able to wondrously unravel our hearts to expose their true nature.“

Nix Davies is a collaborative, conceptual artist that explores possibilities that arise from consciously stepping into and existing in the unknown. She creates and produces large-scale experiential spaces, events and artworks that ordinarily are impossible to create alone. Nix initiates, instigates and ignites concepts by establishing a platform that require others to step up, risk, interact and belong to the process alongside her. This requires Nix to co-create; manage individuals and groups; and produce an over all piece of work by consciously making or facilitating a series of choices of best possible solutions for specific moments.

Nix often embarks on ‘life installations’ that showcase the emerging and developing of concepts along an ordinarily unknown journey. It is while living and navigating these spaces that she breathes ideas to life.

  • Nix Davies is the founder of The School Of Innovation.
  • Nix ran a collaborative, changing, working space called Let There Be Light in Woodstock for four years at the Woodstock Industrial Centre and Side Street Studios.
  • Nix has recently moved to a farm outside Citrusdal in the Western Cape where she has created Howl from Your Heart and the Hexagon Ceremonial Space.


Nix Davies Conceptual Artist

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