Evans seeks to explore the historical material culture of each touring location, looking specifically at the hidden, or sometimes forgotten stories concerning the writing of history and the accumulation of wealth and cultural assets.
In the context of Bath, Evans has responded to a line from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: “The souls did from their bodies fly”. As part of the commission, Evans explored The Holburne Museum and became particularly interested in the collection of silhouette drawings, with the completed artwork referencing a gold-framed silhouette found within the museum.
Image credit: The souls did from their bodies fly, 2020, Mary Evans
Mary Evans (b. 1963, Nigeria) is an artist living and working in London. Evans studied at Goldsmiths and the Rijksakademie and has been a recipient of the Arts and Literary Arts Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation and the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Washington DC, USA. Recent exhibitions include EVA – Ireland’s Biennial (2016), Southbank Centre, London (2014), Blaffer Art Museum, Houston (2013), University of Massachusetts (2013), and Meditations, her solo exhibition at Baltimore Museum of Art (2008). She is currently Course Leader for BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art.
Will Cooper is Curator of Contemporary Programmes & Special Projects at The Edge and Holburne Museum. Recent presentations include a solo exhibition from leading British artist Aaron Angell, a group show exploring the legacy of pioneering Orcadian filmmaker Margaret Tait, and the first historical survey of influential Scottish painter Jack Knox in nearly thirty years. Will has led on museum acquisitions of important works by artists including Anne Collier, Walter Price and Victoria Morton and Turner Prize 2018 winnner Charlotte Prodger, and while at BALTIC worked with artists such as Heather Phillipson, Lorna Simpson and Thomas Bayrle. He has a BA in the History of Art and Architecture from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and an MA in Curatorial Practice from the Whitechapel Gallery, taught via London Metropolitan University.