Approved: 25.02.2013

Robyn LeRoy-Evans

Artist, Curator, Event organiser, Project manager, Writer

Approved: 25.02.2013

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    STATEMENT

    My work is born from a primal fascination with the body, and it’s physical, emotional, and spiritual presence in our world. A life spent travelling and moving from place to place, has led to an unrelenting desire to understand, become connected to, and interact with, my shifting surroundings. Often, this process can be challenging, inducing feelings of fear, anxiety, and a sense of unbelonging. To navigate these emotions, I use the recurring motif of the covered, disguised, or faceless figure. Photography is my primary tool to communicate my ideas, however I also implore video, sound, performance, writing, drawing, and sculpture. 

    BIO


    Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to a Canadian mother and Welsh father, Robyn LeRoy-Evans spent much of her early life on the move. In 2012 Robyn achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University in the U.K.. On a whim, she relocated to New Orleans in 2014, and a year-and-a-half later had made plans to leave, when she unexpectedly met the love of her life. Robyn is now a proud member of the artist-run gallery, The Front, regularly attending meetings with her infant daughter in tow. Currently, she is working toward her Artist Residency in Motherhood, and opened her first solo show A Growing Dance, in October 2017.

    CV & Education

    CURRICULUM VITAE

    EDUCATION

    Oct '09-'12 
    BA (Hons) Fine Art with First Class Honours, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

    Sept '06-'07
    Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Bucks New University, Buckinghamshire, UK

    CURRENT

    November 10 - December 10 Femaissance, Oleander on Royal, New Orleans, USA

    November 11 - December 3 Full House, The Front, New Orleans, USA

    UPCOMING

    December 9 - January 7 Click Bait, The Front, New Orleans, USA

    February 10 - March 4 Honey Trap, The Front, New Orleans, USA

    PAST EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES

    *denotes solo or two-person show

    Oct-Nov'17 A Growing Dance, The Front, New Orleans, USA*

    Aug-Oct'17 Louisiana Contemporary Presented by The Helis Foundation, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, USA

    Sept'17 Nasty Women UK, Stour Space, Hackney Wick, London, UK 

    June'17 FARE THEE WELL Postcard Show, The Arts Center, Coravallis, Oregon, USA

    May'17 The People's City, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

    Feb'17 I'm Your Cannibal, The Front, New Orleans, USA

    Jan'17 I [Love] America and America [Loves] Me, Box13 ArtSpace, Houston, USA

    Oct'16 Bad Behaviour Open 2016, Brixton East, London, UK

    May'16 Beneath, I Am Moving (live performance), L’Entrepôt, New Orleans, USA

    May'16 GUTS & VIGOR, L’Entrepôt, New Orleans, USA*, dual show with Dianne Lee.

    March'16 More Issues Than Vogue, Parse, New Orleans, USA

    Nov'14 Body Sculpture II (live performance), The Front, New Orleans, USA

    Nov'14 Oppositions and Parallels, The Front, New Orleans, USA

    Sept'14 Body Sculpture (live performance), RUD AIR, Laxarby, Sweden

    April'14 godsbridgeX, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, UK

    March'14 ESPY PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD 2014, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, UK

    Feb'14 FABRICATE, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, UK

    Oct'13 neo:graduates2013, neo:gallery22, Bolton, UK

    Sept'13 Object Abuse, Spinach, London, UK

    Aug'13 VIDEOHOLICA, Varna, Bulgaria (screening of Bruised)

    July'13 Nástupište Postcard Exchange, Topolcany, Slovakia

    June'13 Assemblance, Bloc Studios, Sheffield, UK

    Nov'12 The Restless Image, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK*, dual show with Sophie Goddard.

    June'12 Spectrum, Arundel Gate Court, Sheffield, UK

    March'12 Photography, AGC Gallery, Sheffield, UK

    March'11 Presence/Absence, The Showroom, Sheffield, UK

    RESIDENCIES

    May'17 - Present ARIM (Artist Residency in Motherhood: A self-directed, open-source artist residency to empower and inspire artists who are also mothers, created by Lenka Clayton)

    Aug'14 RUD AIR, artist-in-residence, Laxarby, Sweden
        
    June'12 SIA Graduate Residency, Sheffield, UK

    PROJECTS

    April'13 – April'14 The God’s Bridge Project, UK
    A group project initiated by ARTworks in Teesdale, and mentored by renowned sculptor Tania Kovats. Ten artists (Ewan Allinson, Henna Asikainen, Charli Clark, Lesley Hicks, Hannah Leighton-Boyce, Robyn LeRoy-Evans, Steve Messam, Bryony Purvis, Gillian Tallentire, and Suzanne Williams) were asked to produce individual artistic responses to God’s Bridge, a naturally occurring geological feature of the Teesdale countryside.

    Oct'12 – Present Form(ed), Canada/UK
    Form(ed) is a cross-disciplinary investigation, exploring the bond between the vessel and the female figure. Clay vessels are made by Canadian ceramic artist Dianne Lee, and then re-worked or ‘unmade’, by visual artist Robyn LeRoy-Evans, before they are finally dried and fired. Both artists use their own body as the primary tool whilst forming and un-forming these sculptures. 

    AWARDS

    March'14 ESPY PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD 2014, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, UK (finalist)

    June'13 Grand Prix de Découverte, shortlisted, Paris, France

    May'13 FotoFilmic’13, shortlisted, Vancouver, Canada

    DOCUMENTARIES

    July'13 “Bloc Projects”, for Regular Line: Nástupište – Sheffield, screened in Topolcany, Slovakia

    PUBLICATIONS

    ARTworks in Teesdale, ARTSCAPES, 2014

    neo:gallery 22, neo:graduates2013 [exhibition catalogue], 2013

    Hideyuki Mayusumi, preproom, with Bridget Collins, Robyn LeRoy-Evans, and Hideyuki Mayusumi, 2013 (an independent zine project initiated by Japanese photographer Hideyuki Mayusumi).

    COLLECTIONS

    Toronto, Canada, private collection.
    London, United Kingdom, private collection.
    New Orleans, USA, private collection.