Rachel Evans

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'The Large Blue' (2013)

'The Large Blue' (2013)

Introduction

Statement

As an artist, I am inspired by daily reality; the places I visit and the things I see. This guides my practice and the path that I follow as a creative practitioner. Previously, my work has been naturalistic. I used the challenges of accurate representation to understand the medium of mosaic and explore its capabilities.

I am now moving into the realms of abstraction. Looking beyond the initial subject, I search out and discover individuality in selected elements from the environment around me, both the natural and manmade world. Reducing each subject to its essentials, highlights the unique, emotive qualities that excite my imagination - this may be a series of colours, a simple pattern, structure or texture. Without the distraction of realism, a tiny element of the ordinary, can become something of great significance. I then use this to create a personal response through the medium of mosaic, opening the eyes of the viewer to different perspectives and sharing my perceptions of the world around me. 

When making, I maintain an open, experimental approach, allowing the addictive, repetitive process of mosaic to take over and control the direction of my work. It is a time-consuming process but I feel compelled to continue and become totally absorbed in hand cutting every tile to a precise shape, gluing the pieces in position and carefully considering their direction and flow. When creating, I am also captivated by colour, which plays an important role in my work. The ceramic and glass tiles are my paint palette. I take time to consider and select each hue so that they blend harmoniously, connecting the fragments together to create a coherent whole.

 

Biography


Rachel Evans
b.1987, Dorchester, UK
Lives and works as both an artist and primary school teacher in Southampton.

Education

2010 - 2011        Southampton University, Primary PGCE, Southampton
2006 -2009         Manchester School of Art, MMU, BA (Hons) Embroidery (1st   Class), Manchester 
2005 - 2006        The Arts Institute at Bournemouth, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Distinction)

Selected Group Exhibitions
2014                   'Freestyle', Fareham Art Trail, Ferneham Hall, Fareham
2014                   'Encounters', BAR Gallery, Willesden, London
2013                   'Sculptural Ceramics', Studio 8, The Marlands, Southampton
2010                   'Lancashire Art & Craft initiative', The Platform Gallery, Clitheroe
2009                   'Reopen: Poole 2009, Lighthouse', Poole Centre for the Arts
2009                   'Degree Show', Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester 
2007                   'Embroidery Group Exhibition', All Saints Library, Manchester 

Commissions
2009                   Baker Tilly Headquarters, Manchester

Voluntary Work
2014                  Volunteer working with Mosaic Artist Will Rosie,
 World's Largest      Coin Mosaic, Skandia Building, Southampton
2013                  Workshop Assistant, Winchester Lantern Parade, Winchester
2011                   Assistant Artist working with Artists Jo Foley and Fi Smith, Platt Fields Park, Manchester
2010                  Assistant Artist working with Artists Jo Foley and Fi Smith, Platt Fields Park 100th Anniversary, Manchester
2009                  Volunteer, Brighter Future Hospice for Children with HIV, Vizianagaram, India
2008                  Assistant Artist working with Textile artist Sue Lawty, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

Professional Activities
2013 - Present    Member of The British Association for Modern Mosaics (BAMM)
2012 - 2013        Art Co-ordinator, Ludlow Junior School, Woolston, Southampton