Madeline Evans is a recent graduate of The Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta where she majored in painting. Occupying a studio on the first floor of the 21st Street Studios gives her immediate access to the gallery space, where she is helping Lindsey Christina as the gallery’s intern. Prior to the first exhibit, she has been working hard prepping the walls and painting the floors. She hopes her role and participation in the gallery will provide her with the opportunity to show her work and continue to use a studio space.
Evans doesn’t plan to go directly into graduate school. Instead, she hopes to take a few years to grow and mature her work before considering her next step. She is attracted to the work of Andy Goldsworthy, a British sculptor and installation artist, with whom she feels a kinship. She alsofeels an affinity with Georgia O’Keeffe, Jean-Michel Basquiet, and Elizabeth Murray, whose works are bold, colorful, and somewhat playful.
Evans says time spent journaling helps with her work. She has discovered that her art is based on her reflections, and, in some ways, her paintings are a form of visual journaling, superseding expression through words. Although Evens claims she doesn't focus on the meaning of her work, and spends more time reacting to the marks, aesthetics, and color of her compositions, her pieces hold a distinct feeling of the body and self. Her preferred surface to work on is panel, and she also creates her works on paper, canvas, and wood surfaces.
Evans’ prints also reflect the same feeling of intertwining line work that can be found in her paintings, though in a more illustrative manner. Her paintings have also taken on a three dimensional embodiment in the form of pipe cleaners, faux flowers, and other found materials.
In her current body of work, Evans has been exploring the mixed use of acrylics, spray paint, and nail polish. Of the nail polish she is using, she is taken with the medium’s glossy enamel qualities and superficial texture.