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Sara Evans

Bend Over Backwards

Bend Over Backwards

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Title: Bend Over Backwards

Artist: Sara Evans

Size: 20cm x 18cm x 11cm

Type: Original

Subject: Sculpture

Medium: Stoneware Ceramic

From The Artist:

Sometimes it feels like there is never enough one can do for others. One twists oneself out of shape, becoming quite adept and managing athletic yogic backbends in an attempt to satisfy the demands or needs of others. After all a life of duty can be the lot of women.

Somewhat tongue-in-cheek, this piece also nods at fairy tales that have at their heart the notion of a princess looking for her prince, who may be a frog to start with.

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Sara Evans

Life is full of contradictions and mixed emotions which I try to untangle with a dash of humour. I think that if people laugh, hopefully in recognition, they make a connection with me and what I am attempting to convey in my narrative sculptures.

The themes I gravitate towards have their roots in a childhood and early adulthood in South Africa. Having a Scottish mother, an Irish father, and a Welsh surname meant I often felt like an outsider in a deeply racist and sexist culture.

My undergraduate work focused on the highly problematic position of women in South African society. Some threads of those concerns remain in my work where I use animals as metaphors for perceived hierarchies which I like to prod.

I left South Africa in 1990 and after travel in Europe and a chequered career; I am finally able to focus on my sculpture. Following a PGCE at Exeter University, I worked in education teaching art and ceramics to a wide variety of students.

Now I teach far less but value the contact with students who work through their hopes and fears with clay in my ceramics studio in Devon, UK.