Bouquets for America
Studio Installation 2020, 6 x 36 ft
The installation, Bouquets for America, was created November 3, 2020 – January 20, 2021, between the U.S. election and the Presidential inauguration. This was a time of anxious waiting filled with post-election legal battles, spiraling deaths from Covid-19, and a violent insurrection at the United States capitol. During this period, Evans turned to the practice of collage. She found the process of making each artwork a form of concentrated meditation – gathering up what was separated, over and over again, to build a new whole.
Mixed media collage, dimensions 8 x 8, 11 x 11, 11 x 15 in.
Photos of collages by Rik Sferra
Looking at the first finished collage, Evans saw a burst of colors arrayed like a bouquet – a bouquet offering memento to raw grief, but also a visual plea for wholeness. With this recognition, Evans decided to create a series dedicated to each of the 50 United States, plus 1 for Washington, D.C.
The collages vary in their ideas about space, from intimate to vast. Associations of specific American landscapes, industries, and even weather permeate the multi-faceted spaces that collage invites.