Christine Davis was born in Vancouver. She has a B.F.A. from York University in Toronto and attended the College International de Philosophie in Paris. She has lived in Vancouver, Ann Arbor, Lusaka, and Paris. She currently resides in Toronto and New York. She has served on the board of directors of The Power Plant (Toronto) and YYZ Artists' Outlet (Toronto). As a founding editor of the international journal Public: Art/Culture/Ideas her editorial work intersects with the interests driving her practice.
At its core her work is research driven. Through a cosmological impulse and experimental process she engages with questions of sentience, language and making worlds. She has worked with morpho butterflies, genetic sequences, planetarium shows, feathers and iphones; employing slide projection, glass blowing, 35mm film loops, weaving, video and etched words onto contact lens using laser technology developed for Canadarm. Each technology is chosen specifically for its conceptual implications within the project.
Exhibiting since the 1990's public venues include; Frankfurter Kunstverein, The Power Plant (Toronto), Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Musée de beaux arts de Montreal, Art Gallery of Ontario, Vancouver Art Gallery, Kunsthalle Munich, Haus am Waldsee (Berlin), Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Seoul Museum of Art, New Museum (New York), Presentation House (Vancouver), Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (Ottawa), National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Art Gallery of Winnipeg, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Tang Teaching Museum (New York), Carnegie Mellon University, Art Metropole (Toronto), Le Confort Moderne (Poitiers), Victoria and Albert Museum, and Exit Art (New York), . Her work is held in numerous collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Le Muse d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Collection Helga de Alvear and the Yvon Lambert Collection Avignon. Publications on her work include monographs published by CREDAC (Paris), MACM (Montreal), AGO (Toronto) and Presentation House (Vancouver).