Sphincter Law 3

Sphincter Law 3, collage on paper, 24" x 18", 2016

Lauren Frances Evans currently lives and works in Iowa City, IA. She is originally from Atlanta, GA, completed her undergraduate studies in Charleston, SC, and received her MFA from the University of Maryland. For the past three years she has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa and is currently teaching at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA.

Evans has participated in residencies at Franconia Sculpture Park, Elsewhere Living Museum, and the Vermont Studio Center. She was awarded the International Sculpture Center's 2014 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award and was a recent recipient of an Artist Project Grant from the Iowa Arts Council. Evans will be relocating to Birmingham, AL this summer to begin a position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art at Samford University.

In her own words:

All creative acts can be seen as intermediary attempts to narrow the distance between the material and the immaterial. The Greek term, omphalos, literally translated as navel, refers to various symbolic centers, believed to connect the earthly and the divine. Unique as a fingerprint, the navel is the first mark that life leaves upon the body - a scar which points to our origins. Physically, the curious depression (or mound) marks our link to the past as well as our individual existence apart from it.

This simultaneity is what I'm after. Prompted by urges and the allure of origins, my creative work addresses the body as a site of irresistible paradox and continually draws attention to the void of human longing. As flesh becomes a tangible metaphor, a subtle surreality manifests, resulting in an odd tension of visceral compulsion and grotesque desire in which the seemingly familiar is wed with the infinitely unknowable.

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