September 2016: Focus on Laura Evans

Take a peek inside the studio practice of long time member as her studio practice evolves:

"Having a review in the recent issue of Sculpture magazine has been very gratifying! I was proud of my exhibition 'The Aching Web' at Boston Sculptors in Feb/March 2016. However, since then, I have been in a fallow period….

Untitled #23, 2016, Apoxie Sculpt and chisel, 2” x 8” x 3"

Untitled #23, 2016, Apoxie Sculpt and chisel, 2” x 8” x 3"

The show came down. I returned to my studio with that work knowing I had a decades’ worth of built-up “stuff” to clear out. That process was a slog, but a necessary one. I was at a crossroads. Which materials and ideas did I want to retain? Which ones could I let go of?

Untitled #1, 2013, Apoxie Sculpt and palette knife, 2” x 7” x 3"

Untitled #1, 2013, Apoxie Sculpt and palette knife, 2” x 7” x 3"

I took an intentional break from trying to “make things” and spent time seeing other artists’ work, experiencing nature, looking more closely and more broadly, reading, listening to music and poetry, enjoying family and friends, slowing down.  If I went to my studio I would sit with my work, rearrange, draw or just wander around. From time to time, I added pieces to an ongoing series of mixed media work that has gradually been expanding over the years. It’s work that I would return to whenever I felt stuck. This series, entitled, Get a Grip, describes the act of holding on tightly and ultimately letting go."

-Laura Evans

Untitled #20, 2016, Apoxie Sculpt and basket handle, 7” x 8” x 3"

Untitled #20, 2016, Apoxie Sculpt and basket handle, 7” x 8” x 3"