The Most Amazing Heads 1, 2 and 3 – Rachel Evans at the Arts Commons
June 13 – September 5, 2015 Opening Reception June 23, 2015 5-8 PM at Arts Commons’ Upper Centre Court
With art I encourage people to relate to the world on a visceral level. My practice uses natural curiosities to re-enchant people with forgotten elements of nature and themselves. The Most Amazing Heads 1, 2 and 3 uses decoration to mask uncomfortable biological experiences that expose us to our animality. Borrowing from Baroque, Rococo and Kitsch traditions these elaborately ornamented skulls provoke both fascination and disgust. By playing on colonial perceptions of nature as a collection of decorative objects these sculptures simultaneously mock and indulge our compulsions to gild and gloss over powerful natural experiences such as sex, death, decay and transformation. Domestication, decoration, personal biology and biophilic tendencies are reoccurring themes in my practice.
Rachel Evans received her BFA from the University of Victoria in 2007 and continues to make art in Calgary, Alberta focusing mainly on sculpture and drawing. She spent almost a decade working at wildlife rehabilitation centers and with animal welfare organizations. Her work with animals has inspired much of her art. She runs The Room Gallery out of her home in Bridgeland.