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Mary Evans is a Nigerian born London based artist and Associate Lecturer at Central St Martins London.

Her practice is centered on making site-based installations using a variety of media (paper, rubber, paint, print and digital media) on a variety of surfaces (paper, walls, flooring, glass.) Her practice is fluid and mutable in terms of approach and the materials used and she is involved in articulating the emblematic devices of two cultures by employing equally emblematic methods of image production; stencilling, cutting, printing, pasting and stamping. Pattern is a strong leitmotif in Evans’ work. However, the work is rarely pure ornament but often reveals the historical, architectural or social threads of its’ source. The intention is to look beyond the façade of ornament to see what lurks there.

Her research interests are centred on the social, political and historical frameworks of Diaspora, migration, global mobility and exchange. 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 and is fascinated by the circuitous route via which people arrive and settle somewhere through emigration and Diaspora, what affects people on those journeys; what they are forced to learn, and relearn, what they choose to remember and forget and how they are irrevocably changed. In her work Evans synthesises elements of her African background with the European culture of her most recent experience. This cross-cultural discourse is paralleled by a secondary discourse that links methods of image production, ’fine art’ and ‘craft’, decoration and ornament.

Evans has taken part in several exhibitions in the UK and Internationally including selected solo and group exhibitions: Filter, Leighton House Museum (1997), Meditations Baltimore Museum of Art, (2008) Baltimore, USA, Cut & Paste Tiwani Contemporary London (2012); 5 Continents and 1 City, Museum of Mexico City (2000) Mexico City, Mexico, A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad, Contemporary Art Museum St Louis (2003) USA and Tour, Port City, Arnolfini, (2007) Bristol, Farewell to Post-Colonialism, 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China, (2008), Du Bois in Our Time – UMASS Amherst US (2013), Towards Intersections – UNISA Gallery Pretoria South Africa (2015), Still The Barbarians EVA International – Limerick Ireland (2016), Frans Masereel & Contemporary Art: Images of Resistance –MuZee Ostend Belgium (2017). Evans is also the recipient of several residencies, awards and commissions, including the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA (2010) and The Arts & Literary Arts Residency, Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Italy (2014).

Evans studied at Goldsmiths College London and the Rijksakademie Amsterdam.

www.mary-evans.com

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