Ceramics and Papier-Mâché by Annie Evans
By Diana Adkins Glassman
Magenta Gallery presents “Other Truths,” a new exhibit by Annie Evans of her hand-built figurative ceramic and papier-mâché sculpture. A cocktail reception will be held at the gallery, Zacateros 26, from 5–8pm, on Saturday, February 27,
By Annie Evans
Sat, Feb 27, 5–8pm
“Other Truths” suggests that how we see or rather often do not see the “truth” of the other in our ambiguous connection with our fellow animals and in those rare moments when we allow the social mask to slip away, revelatory of “other truths.” This mistake of identity is the subject of Evans’ new exhibit.
Annie Evans is an Atlanta native whose move to San Miguel was inspired by the magic, color, and celebration of art in the everyday life of Mexico. Her current work of sensual mythological figures seems to rise out of the strata and magma of the earth’s center. Her layerings of glazes and oxides create volcanic explosions of subtle dynamic color and texture, which inhabit her figures like skin on fire. Her often-horned women exude the unanswered questions almost tribally: Who is the other I am seeing and what is true here?
She is now not only working in ceramics but is using the ancient craft of papier-mâché, inspired by the Mojigangas and altar pieces of San Miguel. Her work is both profoundly mystical and well-crafted, joining rustic Mexican folk art pieces, the Divine Feminine, and our profound connection with the animal world. We are one, we are in this together, she seems to say, in spite of our disconnection.