Korn-Davis is a native Southern Californian. Her life
changed when she walked into an archaeology class in
her junior year at UCLA. Until then she was convinced
she would be a foreign correspondent and travel around
the world on freighters. Instead, she changed her focus,
graduated, became a "shovel bum" and wound up working
in the La Brea Tar Pits as a paleo-archaeologist for
the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. There
she was digging up the fossils that she had played with
as a child when the tar pits were just a magical oddity
in West Los Angeles. She was affectionately known as
"Dottie the Dowser Nose" because of her ability to spot
fossils on desert digs.
then moved to Chicago and was hired by the Academy of Sciences
in Lincoln Park to dig up a Mastodon. But the mastodon got
bogged down in a bog and she wound up building and painting
exhibits at the museum. It was another diversion in her
career path... she began to study life drawing with Fred
Berger - a member of the famous "Hairy Who" representational
artists. She worked with him for 6 years until the climate
won and Southern California beckoned. Moving to San Diego,
she received her masters degree in studio arts from SDSU
and produced large scale highly colorful abstract canvases.
However, paleo-archaeologists are often treasure hunters
who like to travel and are acutely aware of surface textures.
Soon found objects became thematic parts of the paintings
as well as different surface textures.
she decided to just skip the canvas, work with the materials, alter
them, disguise them and let them evolve a new life and personality.
At the same time the travel bug bit hard again and she began
a series of adventures in China, India, Nepal, Pakistan,
Tunisia, Morocco, Peru, and, and in 2004 on public transportation
and on foot in the ancient silk road countries of Uzbekistan,
Kyrgistan and Tajikistan. She brought back objects, patterns
and images which soon found their way into her work.