Annie Evans shows “Sculptures and Allegories”
By Fran Schiavo
San Miguel de Allende’s lovers of sculpture will want to mark their calendars for a special cocktail reception on Friday, September 6. Magenta Gallery, at Zacateros 26, will be featuring the evocative new work of sculptor Annie Evans at a cocktail reception from 4-9pm.
“Sculptures and Allegories” by Annie Evans
Fri, Sep 6, 4-9pm
Annie Evans’ human-animal hybrids honor the female by presenting an imaginative allegory for “our connectedness to the spirit world.” All her works are hand-built with stoneware or earthenware clay and incorporate animal bones, horns, antlers or other found objects. Surfaces are rough and textured with layered, variegated colors created through multiple firings with oxide washes and glazings. “Working this way, I am able to combine clay’s tactile, sensuous immediacy and my fascination with people.”
Viewing her work is entering a fantasy dream world. Commented one collector, “All of Evans’ figures feature some sort of inner revelation, metaphors for strength being one of her themes.”
Evans explains that she hopes her works serve to remind us that we humans are yet another animal species. At the same time, the mystical fairytale imagery suggests the more spiritual aspects of the human experience. Works include figures residing in wooden boat shapes. Some are floating alone through life’s journey. Others have a companion. A masked figure asks us to consider what is hidden and what revealed.
An Atlanta native, Evans studied at the Atlanta College of Art and has a master’s degree in developmental psychology. Her thesis was an observational study of chimpanzees, which is the source of her belief in our relationship to animals.
Evans, the newest member of Magenta Gallery, is also represented by three galleries in the US. She now lives full-time in San Miguel, and works at the Barro.Co Clay Studio in colonia San Antonio. She is in talks with other respected US ceramic artists about coming to San Miguel for workshops, adding yet another contribution to San Miguel’s rich art scene. Please join us in welcoming her to our community at the cocktail reception September 6.