About the Artist

Mary Evans

Mary Evans

Biography - Mary Evans

Mary Evans is a London based artist working primarily in installation and spatial interventions.

The imagery in Evans's work is based on signs, symbols and pictograms culled from popular culture. She transforms basic pictograms into 'metaphorical tools' in order to harness the power which such images contain. Over a number of years these images have developed into a kind of visual Esperanto. The images are accessible and easily read. In this way Evans is able to construct simple yet powerful motifs. Evans's site-specific installations employ paper cut-outs pasted directly onto the wall to make work which is based on a fragment of historical, or social interest. The work is often decorative and obeys certain patterns inherent in the space. The intention is to look beyond the fa├žade of ornament to see what lurks there. Pattern and ornament are used as aesthetic devices through which the viewer can access the work. An installation will often follow the architectural structure of a site whilst displaying it's own internal logic in the form of a pattern or series of patterns. However, the work is rarely pure ornament but often reveals the historical, architectural or social threads of its' source. Historical research is an important aspect of Evans' practice. She is interested in understanding how the social, cultural and political dynamics of modern Britain are in many respects the legacy of Britain's imperial past. Fascinated by the circuitous route via which people arrive and settle somewhere through emigration and diaspora, Evans investigates what affects people on those journeys; what they are forced to learn, and relearn, what they choose to remember and forget, how they are irrevocably changed..

Evans also works as a Freelance Artist Educator and is an Associate Lecturer at Byam Shaw School of Art.

Her latest work Meditations is on show at Baltimore Museum of Art from February - August 2008.

Other work

Ring - a - Rosie, Paper on Wooden Building, 3x3x4m, 1995, Shave International Artists' Workshop Sommerset
Scope, Mixed Media, 10x12x4m, 2001, Caf Gallery Projects
Hold Female Vault, Craft paper, 125x200cm, 2006, Look Both Ways, Stephen Lawrence Gallery Greenwich
Landscape, Mixed Media, 3x20m, 2007, Freedom & Culture Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank Centre London

Image 1, Ring - a - Rosie, Paper on Wooden Building, 3x3x4m, 1995, Shave International Artists' Workshop Sommerset

Image 2, Scope, Mixed Media, 10x12x4m, 2001, Caf Gallery Projects

Image 3, Hold Female Vault, Craft paper, 125x200cm, 2006, Look Both Ways, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich

Image 4, Landscape, Mixed Media, 3x20m, 2007, Freedom & Culture Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank Centre London