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Daniel Evans

Landscape. Environment. Pictorial space. Fired clay. I am interested in how these phenomena influence my physical, emotional and spiritual existence. As a "city boy", I relished the opportunity to visit my country cousins. I wanted my feet to be tough like theirs - to be able to run barefoot on gravel; to get lost in cornfields.

Having grown up around the blind and visually impaired, I've gained a deep appreciation for the role of non-visual senses in interpreting and navigating through the world. The blind know their environment extremely well; by knowing your environment, you're able to move around, be expressive and grow. If, for example, you're always worrying about what's in front of you, what's behind you, or if you're going to trip over something, chances are you're not going to get very far.

In my latest work, I create three-dimensional paintings - conjuring up topographical maps, views looking out into the horizon, chunks off the earth, or all of these things simultaneously. They are both visual illusions that sweep the viewer into distant landscapes as well as physical realities capable of bending sound waves and breaking backs. Ultimately, I am trying to locate myself physically, emotionally and spiritually within the imaginary and the concrete - a typical human endeavor that I'm not afraid to repeat. History, after all, tends to repeat itself like baked earth and the color of celadon.   View images

 

Ceramic artist, Daniel Evans, was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. At Morehead State University, clay seduced him away from his budding horticultural career and across the U.S. As a special student at Virginia Commonwealth University, Evans made molds from the root balls of trees that he sold during the day as a nurseryman.

From 2001-2003, he was a Resident Artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. He received his MFA in ceramics from the NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2005. Evans' work has been exhibited at SOFA Chicago, and recently, at NCECA's 2007 Clay National Biennial Exhibition. His sculptures and vessels are in numerous collection across the U.S. He currently lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with his wife, Shu-Mei Chan, and heads the Ceramics Department at Vincennes University in southern Indiana.

Email: abfclaydan@yahoo.com

 

Artist - Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans
Thaw, 2006
Stoneware

Artist - Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans
Wedge
Stoneware

Artist - Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans
Fish rock, 2006
Stoneware

Artist - Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans
Fish rock, (detail) 2006
Stoneware

Artist - Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans
Big barium

Artist - Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans with Big barium

Artist - Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans
Kebail point, 2006
Wood fired

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