Laura Evans, artist

Humor and gravity, weight and levity often coexist in my sculptures. Unusual transformations of everyday materials are the result of my tinkering: joining, modeling, twisting, tearing, wrapping, stitching or smoothing. I directly manipulate my materials and use simple hand tools, which allows me to create intimate and closely observed surfaces and forms that reveal new vocabularies. In certain work, the strong emphasis on positive and negative spaces evokes early forms of written language such as pictographs, ideograms and runes. Most of my sculptures hover between mundane, recognizable objects and mysterious abstracted forms that reference the body’s fragility and tenuousness. Often amusing, sometimes threatening, always slightly off-balance, these quirky sculptures embody a silent but energetic presence.

Laura Evans