Photography by Lucy Ridges.
K A T E V A N S
For the exhibition 'Gatherers' (May 2020):
I always loved Braque’s collages and Rauschenberg’s combines. Bringing everyday objects into an artwork. Giving us pieces of our own world to see with new eyes. Ending the pretence that one person makes things by themselves.'
'More recently, I have discovered Lowndes' sculptures. Although still recognisable, the objects she finds are physically transformed by a firing process, introducing another kind of distance, and an element of chance.'
'The materials I gather do not continue to exist as part of the work. As they burn, they leave traces on the surface of the pieces. But these marks are hard to read. Rather than directly referring to their origin, perhaps they record the moment of this change, when something physical becomes smoke and ash?'
'Is that the difference between an object and a material? Objects have a shape, are countable, and specific whereas materials, whether used to form a piece or as part of the production process, are general and indistinct.'
'Objects within collage, assemblage, bricolage shout to you. Look at me! Look where I’ve come from! Materials are changed and it’s not always clear how they arrived.'
'But I can tell you.'
'Three streets away a man who carves puppets collected wood shavings in a plastic bag. On the Stockport Road, the baristas of Trove emptied their used coffee grounds into my box. In a lean to beside a house in Cheadle, Sarah hung hydrangea heads upside-down to dry. In Gorton, the TreeStation manager generously shovelled wood chip into my rucksack.'
Kat Evans creates tactile ceramic sculptures that speak of the processes that made them.
Her ambiguous, and yet intimate, smoke fired objects have been shown at Thrown Gallery (London), Salone del Mobile (Milan) and Napé Gallery (Venice). Work has been purchased by collectors in New Zealand, France and Canada, and interior designers in Paris, Miami and Milan.
Community-taught, Kat has developed her practice in shared studios in London, Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester. Informed by Richard Sennett’s ideas on cooperation, Kat believes in the benefits of sharing equipment, ideas and space with others.
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