Artist Statement and Biography
I paint to better understand myself in the context of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Creating art is an act of self discovery. I have been many things in my life—a daughter, sister, student, teacher, creator, friend, wife, mother and on and on. While I have worn many of these hats since childhood, the context has changed. These life transitions and changes are often the catalyst for new bodies of work.
My creative process often begins when reassessing my identity in times of change, big and small, and my past two decades have been full of transitions that have led to huge life changes. Making lifelong commitments (to be a wife and then to be a mother three times over), starting from scratch in new hometowns multiple times, the general aging process—all of these milestones offer opportunities for intentional growth and change. They have also allowed the space for letting go of things that were not meant for me. Creating art helps me to process all of the change, and a new series is often born of the abundance of possibilities ahead of me, full of the potential and the danger inherent in forging a new path.
Abstraction and minimalism are crucial and intentional elements in my art. Once my work is finished I hope that the viewer will feel free to interact with my art on her own terms; with the only consideration being her own past, present, and future and how those experiences inform her engagement with my art.
I want there to be magic. I want there to be endless possibilities. I want my artwork to be a doorway, and while I might have built the door, I want the viewer to create the story beyond the threshold. I want there to be potential for miracles and beauty.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Evan grew up surrounded by and participating in a culture enlivened by the arts. She went on to attend the University of Virginia and received her degree in Art History in 2006. Evan moved to New York City upon graduating, where she obtained her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College. She now resides in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband and three young children. In addition to raising and enjoying the company of her kids, Evan enjoys being creative, reading, being with friends and family, and being outdoors. Evan’s art is represented at Mont Art House in Houston, TX, Gregg Irby Gallery in Atlanta, GA, and is also available through her home studio.