Caroline Evans is a former educationalist who, since retiring, has been able to focus on developing her interest in creativity. Always preferring to work out of doors, Caroline is fascinated by landscape, both internal and external. She seeks to find the unusual and be able to respond to it in an expansively dynamic way.
The place of the Romantic Sublime in the contemporary world is a recurring theme in her work. Since researching the origins of this movement in the 18th Century, she has investigated the genre by responding to the landscape of East Anglia and beyond. The resulting work challenges pre-conceptions of the countryside in an ongoing debate around the politics, history, culture and environmental issues of our time.
Caroline explores the locality through mark making, photographic imagery and the collecting of objects and detritus. These discoveries then interrelate with one another forming an ongoing dialogue, the outcomes of which are evident in the visual depictions created. Much of the making takes place back in her studio, and involves experimenting with paint and other mediums in an Abstract Expressionist style; scale, form, materiality is all central to her work. The process is risk taking and the outcomes of such a creative method include collage, paintings, mixed media, print making and much more.
A recent development of Caroline’s practice, and one that draws upon her past experience, is that of curation. Seeking to optimise the relationship between the viewer and the works of art being exhibited a dialogue develops. It is therefore part of the curator’s vision to ensure a discourse between art works is created which will foster, cultivate and stimulate gallery visitors.
Caroline is a confident speaker and has presented at symposiums, conferences and meetings including Dartington Hall, Devon and Rotary International Clubs in London and East Anglia.
Visits to her Studio, by prior arrangement, are welcome.