We often want to know what something is, so we can fit it into our prescribed ideas and feel like we “know” it. I create related objects which are hard to name. Over the past few years I have been constructing sculptures with sticks and broken branches, that have fallen in my yard or in my neighborhood. I gather old, diseased limbs already discarded by the trees or ripped down by severe storms. Once I’ve selected them, I often strip the bark and coat them with AquaResin, a type of strengthener and sealant that gives them a greyish hue. I join the limbs with Apoxie Sculpt (a two-part moldable binder), assembling the lines and shapes cumulatively, creating awkward forms and interior volumes. I think of the joints as connectors or hubs for transferring or storing energy.
Laura Evans is an artist living and working in Boston, MA. Originally from Philadelphia, she holds an MFA from Boston University and a B.A. from Hampshire College. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in cities including Berlin and Memmingen, Germany, Cusco, Peru, New York, Chicago, Miami and Seattle. Her 2006 exhibition at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, “Seeing Red”, received a 2007 Best Show Award from AICA’s New England Chapter. Other awards include a Boston Cultural Council Award in 1998, a Finalist Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2000 and a public art commission from the City of Cambridge, MA in 2005. Her work is in the collections of Boston Medical Center, Boston Public Library, Fidelity Investments, Wellington Management Company and Biogen Idec, among others. Written reviews of Evans’ work have appeared in Art in America, Art New England, The Boston Globe and Sculpture Magazine. Evans has been a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery since 2006.