Mary Evans

Mary Evans

Course Leader, BA Fine Art , Chelsea College of Arts
Biography

In her practice Evans uses kraft paper and other disposable materials to consider sites, stories, place and belonging through the social, political and historical frames of Diaspora, migration Global mobility and exchange. Evans is engaged in investigating and interrogating the African body as a site for historical and contemporary narratives of violence, geography, mobility and globalisation. Historically and contemporaneously the Black body has been treated cheaply; shipped, broken, disposed of and feared. However, Evans is ultimately concerned with telling stories about the resilience of the Black body and its ability to endure and prevail despite the challenges meted out to it. 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 and residencies in the UK and Internationally including: Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, NMAFA Washington DC, USA (2010); The Arts & Literary Arts Residency, Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy (2014); ); Still The Barbarians EVA International, Limerick, Ireland (2016); Lagos Photo, Lagos, Nigeria (2018), Layers La Banque Arts Centre, Bethune, France 2019 and Paper Routes Women to watch NMWA Washington DC, USA (2020). Mary Evans is the BAFA Course Leader at Chelsea College of Arts.