Approved: 22.08.2014

Lisa Evans

Artist, Researcher

Approved: 22.08.2014

My current work is concerned with juxtaposition between industry (durable) and the domestic (organic), which addresses my interest in the abject body as a vessel. I explore the liminal spaces of the human experience, negotiating the threshold between the organic and the inorganic. The strong presence of industry I experienced around me as a child allows me to explore the process of metal fabrication that evokes ideas in relation to scale, space and weight. My focus on monumental structures that concur with minimal forms brings into focus the ‘human,’ and how heavy materiality forms a relationship with the movement through space.

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    My current work is concerned with juxtaposition between industry (durable) and the domestic (organic), which addresses my interest in the abject body as a vessel. I explore the liminal spaces of the human experience, negotiating the threshold between the organic and the inorganic. The strong presence of industry I experienced around me as a child allows me to explore the process of metal fabrication that evokes ideas in relation to scale, space and weight. My focus on monumental structures that concur with minimal forms brings into focus the ‘human,’ and how heavy materiality forms a relationship with the movement through space.

    Central to my practice is the dialogue between materials such as plastic, balloons and latex that possess external, sensual and human qualities of skin pigments and texture. My use of organic substances such as lard, jelly and beans focus on the internal fragmented space of human flesh. A temporal quality is explored through decomposition, containment and the uncertainty of the organic materials. My work rests in suspense between life and death; how forms transcend into a temporary state of destruction. The work procures a jarring yet intimate dialogue that questions the fine line between sculpture and installation.

    Lisa Evans was born in Haverfordwest, Wales in 1992. Lisa studied sculpture at Carmarthen School of Art and an MFA at Cardiff School of Art & Design. Her work explores the abject body and the liminal spaces of human experience; emphasising the relation between body and object. Lisa has exhibited at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, the National Sculpture Factory, Ireland and in 2014 was shortlisted for the Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize at Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne. One of her most recent exhibitions was at the Venice Art House Gallery as part of Fragmented Identities, BORDERS group and will present a solo show Body Studies as part of her residency with Exchange at The Finborough Arms, London in late November. Lisa was elected as a member of The Royal British Society of Sculptors in 2016 and currently works on collaborative projects with Natalie Ramus, the RAMUS|EVANS Collaborative which was formed in 2015.

    CV & Education

    Education

    2016. Distinction MFA, Cardiff School of Art & Design

    2014. 1st Class BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture, Coleg Sir Gar

    2011. Distinction Diploma in Foundation Studies – Art & Design, Coleg Sir Gar

    Exhibitions

    2017

    Women at Work. Performance at NCCIAP, Birmingham, Alabama

    T'Art International Women's Day. Bones & Pearl Gallery, London 

    2016

    Body Studies, The Cellar, Kensington. London

    Fragmented Identities, BORDERS. International Art & Architecture Festival. Venice Art House Gallery

    SHE, Tanner Street, London. International Exchange in Texas, USA and Vietnam Sister Galleries 

    RAMUS|EVANS Collaborative Dialogue: Detritus, Spit & Sawdust, Cardiff, Wales

    Nautical Perspectives. London

    Pavilion Open. Penarth, Cardiff, Wales

    RAMUS|EVANS Collaborative Blurring the Boundaries. Roath Park Pub, Cardiff, Wales

    2015

    Blast - Colony Projects. Port Talbot, Wales

    Graduate Show. Oriel King Street Gallery, Wales

    2014

    Wales Graduate Exhibition, Millenium Centre, Cardiff, Wales

    Woon Art Prize Exhibition, Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne

    A Fete Worse Than Death, Red Gallery, London

    2012

    National Sculpture Factory Cork Pop Up Show. Ireland

    Performances

    GWAITH [RAMUS|EVANS Collaborative] as part of Cardiff Contemporary Art Festival. Wales

    Conferences

    2017. Participant in National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art & Practice. Birmingham, Alabama. United States of America 

    2014. Participant in 7th International Iron Conference of Cast Iron. Latvia

    2014. Participant in IRON R 2nd Irish Conference of Cast Iron. Ireland

    2013. Participant in New British Art: The Exchange Project, Bronze Casting. Wales

    2012. Participant in IRON R 1st Irish Conference of Cast Iron. Cork, Ireland

    Commissions

    WWI Memorial Commission at Carmarthen Park, Wales. September 2013 – August 2014

    Awarded ‘Terry Price Memorial Garden’ at Hendy Village Green, Llanelli, Wales. November 2012

    Residencies

    2017. Artist in Residence at Stiwdio Maelor, Corris, Machynlleth, Wales

    2016. Artist in Residence at The Finborough Arms, London

    2016. Artist in Residence, Sidney Nolan Trust, The Rodd, Wales

    2015. Artist in Residence at Carmarthen School of Art

    Internships / Competitions

    2016. Shortlisted for the National Eisteddfod Young Artist Award

    2014. Shortlisted for Woon Foundation Sculpture and Painting Art Prize Exhibition

    2014. Shortlisted for the National Eisteddfod Young Artist Award

    2013. Iron Artist Internship, Franconia Sculpture Park, USA

    Membership

    Member of Axisweb

    Member of The Royal British Society of Sculptors