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Maggie Evans

Savannah, Georgia

Artist Statement

Western art has long emphasized the uniqueness of each human being. But beneath these independent identities and myths of rugged individualism lies our deep, intrinsic desire to be part of a group. The group provides security and comfort, but it is also vulnerable to manipulative leadership, oppression of independent thought, and exclusion of those seen as “others.”

Through painting, drawing and site-specific installation I use repetitive, uniform imagery to examine this propensity towards collective behavior and its resulting power structures and homogeneity. Uniformity and repetition are more important than individuality in my work. Yet simultaneously, we are vaguely aware that each repeated form represents an individual. The locations and narratives in my work remain impersonal and undefined, further emphasizing the sheer ubiquity of our collective behavior.

Artist Biography

Maggie Evans is an artist based in Savannah, Georgia. Her current work uses painting, drawing and installation to examine human collective behavior and the hierarchies, homogeneity and social divisions that result.

Maggie has shown her work in fifteen solo exhibits, over fifty national group/juried shows and has received a number of placement awards. Reviews and publications include The Washington Post, New American Paintings and Manifest Gallery’s INPA 6. Artist residencies include The Hambidge Center for the Arts (GA) and Central Trak (TX) as well as a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. In 2011 she was awarded a Chinese Government Scholarship that granted her ten months to develop new work at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China. She has been invited to lecture on her work at a number of institutions including Indiana-Purdue University and the University of Texas, Dallas.

Maggie holds an MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design (2008) where she is currently a part-time Professor of Foundation Studies. In addition to her work as an artist, she performs regularly as a professional jazz singer and bassist.

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