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Interview with Lisa Evans

Interviews | October 5, 2016 |

Interview with Lisa EvansImage courtesy of Lisa Evans

Interview with Lisa Evans

Luca Curci talks with Lisa Evans during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, second appointment of BORDERS festival, in Venice on August 2016. Lisa Evans  is a Welsh Contemporary Visual Artist currently working with metal and organic substances in her sculptural installations. Lisa graduated from Carmarthen School of Art with a First Class Honours in Fine Art Sculpture in 2014 and recently completed her MFA at Cardiff School of Art & Design. She has exhibited at the Venice Art House Gallery, Ugly Duck in London, the Pavilion in Penarth and the Wales Millennium Centre, the National Sculpture Factory in Ireland as well as Gallery North in Newcastle. Her recent success is the 2016 shortlisting for the National Eisteddfod’s Young Artist Award and is now a member of The Royal British Society of Sculptors. Evans will be the Artist in Residence with Exchange at The Finborough Arms in Kensington, London during October and November followed by an exhibition in The Cellar.

 

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Luca Curci: Please tell me about your art/the artwork shown during our festival…
Lisa Evans: ‘Punctured’ has been constructed using surgical plastic tubing that has been threaded through small incisions in the sheet of lead. At the time I was playing with oval and circular forms that became a suggestive focus or a remark to female genitalia, suggesting a bodily presence. I was drawn to this soft, malleable, industrial material that could be provoked into constructing minimal forms.

L.C. – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artworks presented been created for the FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES festival or as a part of pre-existent works?
L.E. – No, ‘Punctured’ is from the series of work ‘Pierced and Punctured’ where I explored various materials such as nails that pierce, puncture and penetrate the surface of lead. Again, creating circular and oval forms creates this precarious tension whilst highlighting the inside, outside of the material by altering the viewers’ appearance of the work; however this always depends on how the form has been positioned and angled.

 

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L.C. – When did you start practicing art and why?
L.E. – After completing my undergraduate in 2014 in Fine Art Sculpture where I specialised and trained in casting, fabrication and construction; I then took a year out of education and was artist in residence at Carmarthen School of Art before undertaking my MFA in Cardiff where I recently graduated with a Distinction. This past year has focused my practice and areas of research whilst allowing me to fully engage and commit to pursuing my desire and ambition to become a practicing artist.

L.C. – Can you talk about your artistic work? What are your inspirations?
L.E. – My work rests in suspense between action and decay; 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. What is a key focal point when I think of composition or placement of my work is the quality of a form within a space? I’m concerned with my personal experiences of the female body, my own body and how I can explore the relationship between the body and object.

 

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L.C. – What’s the art tip you usually receive? Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
L.E. – This is a difficult question as it’s always intriguing to hear the viewers’ opinions and criticism, how they have perceived and read the work. It may trigger a feeling or an emotion and as my work is mainly concerned with sculpture it has the tendency to evoke the human. There was a recent documentary on BBC4 ‘Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art?’ where it was brought to focus that ‘art without ideas or meaning is just decoration.’ I couldn’t agree more with this statement, art can truly touch people without having to go to the trouble of meeting them.

L.C. – What art themes do you pursue? What are your preferred subjects if any?
L.E. – 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. There is a strong bodily presence in my practice where I draw focus to organic substances such as lard and bread that appear fleshy whilst bordering the alive and the inanimate.

 

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L.C. – What do you think about Its LIQUID Platform?
L.E. – Its LIQUID group has developed an impressive platform for contemporary art, architecture and design. In particular as a Welsh Female Artist to have access to an international base of exhibitions and events outside of the UK has been a rewarding experience.

L.C. – Do you think its LIQUID Group can represent an opportunity for artists?
L.E. – Most definitely. Having the opportunity to exhibit my work in such an established venue and a location like Venice that has a rich, diverse and cultured approach and history with art has been an enriching experience. After visiting Fragmented Identities that is part of BORDERS Festival in Palazzo Ca’Zanardi and Venice Art House I was meet with immersive and diverse works from artists from more than 20 nations that ranged from photography to performance.

 

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