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Susan Stamm Evans

1816 San Felipe Circle
Santa Fe, NM 87505, U.S.A.
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Phone: 505-982-7447
URL: http://susanstammevans.com

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THREADS SERIES

Unique Bronzes
 
Susan Stamm Evans
Artist Statement
 
 
 
Each piece in my THREADS Series is unique, meaning that it is one of a kind. It was individually made and there is no mold.
 
I continue to be fascinated with partial faces.  I like that it is a little emotionally unsettling to see just a hint of a person.  It allows a face to be non-specific and therefore offers more room for interpretation.  
 
In this new series I wanted to make a face that was less defined, where light could pass through it and we can see into it.   I hoped to create a feeling that was somewhat ethereal, to construct a balance between strength and fragility.  I make the surface loose and varied, partially solid and partially drifting away.  It feels as if it flows in and out of space, perhaps suggesting a person that is here but one that cannot be completely known.  I think we all feel that way about ourselves sometimes.  
 
The notion of using threads seems so natural.  Weaving and knitting are ancient human crafts which are a part of our psyche, and are such familiar metaphors: fabric of life, thoughts being interwoven, lives becoming unraveled, being closely knit, the common thread, etc.  
 
I enjoy that the construction of these pieces begins with one thread, a single line that is worked back and forth, in and out. I do see it as a metaphor for our lives.  Lives can be seen as a continuation of a single thread, and also as many threads that need to weave together to complete us.  Those threads of events, people, or thoughts that all come together to make us who we are inspired this series, and it celebrates those common threads that we all share.  These pieces are about us being a work in progress.
 
 
Brief Biography 
 
Born and reared in Albuquerque, Susan is a third generation New Mexican.  She was born in 1952.  It was while dong her undergraduate studies at the University of New Mexico that she fell in love with sculpting in clay - and with her professor and future husband, Dick Evans.  After she received her BA in ’75 they married and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Dick taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Susan did her graduate work there, receiving her MA in ceramic sculpture in ‘78.  It was in Wisconsin that Susan began exhibiting.  Her first solo exhibition was immediately after graduate school.  She was well known for her small, 7” to 10”, delicate porcelains of women in unassuming poses that are emotionally charged.  The work then, as now, was quiet and introspective.  
 
Susan and Dick lived in Milwaukee for 15 years, in 1990 they returned to the Southwest drawn back by the landscape, the light, and their family.  Their home and studios are now in the foothills outside Santa Fe. 
 
At the urging of Dick in 1995 she began making sculptures to be cast in bronze.  The medium quickly led to new opportunities for scale and mood.  The figures became larger and increasingly fragmented and simplified.  Instead of full figures, sometimes all that was necessary to express the desired emotion was the head and a hint of the body.   Later the focus was narrowed to only a portion of the face, revealing no more than a captured breath or sigh. 
 
The concept of private yet universal emotions has been the core of Evans’ work.  She uses subtle gestures to set a stage, which the viewer can immediately move into and interpret as their own.  After years of dealing with solitary figures, Susan’s work now often incorporates two figures.  It explores the tender connections, and sometimes the distances, between them.
The scale, texture, and focus of the imagery has changed from series to series but the core of the Susan’s work is always an intimate glimpse into just being human, an expression of quiet moments. Her work is known for its quiet introspective quality regardless if it is her small delicate porcelains or the large fragments of heads in bronze. The work is always figurative; it suggests a narrative but one that is open for the viewers own reading.  Each piece conveys a feeling of a personal singular moment that is universally familiar.
 
Susan has had 15 Solo exhibitions, and her sculptures have been in over 40 group and invitational shows throughout the country.  Her work is represented in public collections in Wisconsin, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma and in private collections in Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Iceland, China, Jordan, and throughout the US.
 
 
RESUME:
 
SUSAN STAMM EVANS
website: susanstammevans.com
 
BORN:  August 26, 1952 – Albuquerque, New Mexico
 
EDUCATION:
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – MA, 1978
University of New Mexico – BA, 1975
Consortium of Colleges Abroad – Paris, France – 1973
 
GALLERY REPRESNTATION:
Gruen Gallery – Chicago, Illinois – www.gruengalleries.com
Selby Fleetwood – Santa Fe, New Mexico - www.selbyfleetwoodgallery.com
Tory Folliard Gallery  – Milwaukee, Wisconsin - www.toryfolliard.com
Howell Gallery – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – www.howellgallery.com
Whistler Village Art Gallery – Whistler, B.C Canada – www.whistlerart.com
Smart Gallery – Shanghai, China – http://www.smart4art.com
EXHIBITIONS (Selected):
2015  Solo Show – Tory Folliard Gallery – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2014  Group show – Howell Gallery – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
         Group Show – Selby Fleetwood – Santa Fe, New Mexico
2013  Two Person Show – Howell Gallery – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2012  Group Show – Selby Fleetwood – Santa Fe, New Mexico
         Group Show - James Gray – Santa Monica, California
2011  Group Show – Selby Fleetwood- Santa Fe, New Mexico 
         Group Show - James Gray – Santa Monica, California
2010  Solo Show – Tory Folliard – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
         2 Person Show with Dick Evans – The Edge, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2009  Invitational Show – SculpturePark 09 – Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
         Group Show – The EDGE Gallery – Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007  Solo Show – Joyce Robins Gallery – Santa Fe, New Mexico
         Invitational Show – SculpturePark 07 – Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2006  Solo Show - Tory Folliard Gallery – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2005  Solo Show – Joyce Robins Gallery – Santa Fe, New Mexico
2004  Group Show – Tory Folliard Gallery – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2003  Solo Show – Joyce Robins Gallery _ Santa Fe, New Mexico
2002  Solo Show – Tory Folliard Gallery – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
         Group Show – Museum of Albuquerque – Albuquerque, New Mexico
200l   New Mexico Ceramic Invitational  – The Governor’s Gallery, Santa Fe New Mexico
   Invitational Show – Crossman Gallery - University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2000  Solo Show – Joyce Robins Gallery – Santa Fe, New Mexico
         Invitational show – Craft Alliance – St. Louis, Missouri
1999  “Nude in Clay” – Wustum Museum – Racine, Wisconsin
1998  Solo Show – Joyce Robins Gallery – Santa Fe, New Mexico
“Nude in Clay” – Perimeter Gallery – Chicago, Illinois
1997  Solo Show – Robins Hyder Gallery – Santa Fe, New Mexico 
   Group Show – Chameleon Collection Gallery – Great Barrington, Massachusetts
1995 Group Show – Museum of Albuquerque – Albuquerque, NM 
Solo Show – Tory Folliard Gallery – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1993 Solo Show – Tory Folliard Gallery – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1998  Wisconsin Perspective” – Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
      Wilmington, Delaware
Three Person Show – Artworks Gallery – Seattle, Washington
1988 Solo Show – Bradley Galleries - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
“Wisconsin Craft Masters” – Wustum Museum of Fine Arts – Racine, Wisconsin
1987  “25th Anniversary Exhibition” – Bradley Galleries – Milwaukee, Wisconsin 
          “A Celebration of the Birthday Cake” – John Michael Kohler Arts Center - Sheboygan, Wisconsin                        
1985 Group Show – River Edge Galleries – Mishicot, Wisconsin
Solo Show – Bradley Galleries – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1982 “Illinois and Wisconsin Figurative Art” – Wustum Museum of Fine Arts and  
     A.M. Ward Gallery – University of Chicago – Chicago, Illinois
Two Person Show – Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery – University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
1981 “Clay and Fiber Biennial” – Wright Art Center – Beloit College – Beloit, Wisconsin
“A Woman’s Place” – John Michael Kohler Arts Center – Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Two Person Show – Bradley Galleries - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1980 “Two by Two” – Cudahy Gallery – Milwaukee Art Museum
Two Person Show – Mount Mary College – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
          “Invitational Ceramics Exhibition” – University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
1979 Solo Show – Edgewood Orchard Galleries – Fish Creek, Wisconsin
“Wisconsin Sculpture” – Wustum Museum of Fine Arts – Racine, Wisconsin,
“Salisbury State College Invitational” – Salisbury, Maryland
1978 “Recent Acquisitions” – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Solo Show – Bradley Galleries - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
“Wisconsin Directions II” – Milwaukee Art Museum
1977 “National Cone Box Show” – Lawrence, Kansas
Group Show – Paul Wagner Gallery – Chicago, Illinois
BIBLIOGRAPHY (SELECTED – EXAMPLES OF WORK REPRODUCED)
        Tim Bharthania. “Susan Stamm Evans, The Common Thread” ArtLA Magazine, (March 2015), p.8       
        Heidi Gray. “Two of a Kind” ArtLA Magazine, (September 2013), p.4       
        M.J. Van Deventer. “A Passion for Public Art” Edmond Monthly, (June 2007), p.83
        Dottie Indyke. “The (Female) Thinker” Santa Fe/North, Albuquerque Journal, (August 5, 2005), P.S4
        Kris Stewart. “Figuritive Sculpture” Niche, (Winter 2004), p. 59
        Rose Mary Diez. “Susan Stamm Evans” Santa Fean, (September, 2003), p.61
        “Gallery Watch- Santa Fe, NM” Art & Antiques, (September, 2003), p.87
Alice Herrin. “A Portfolio of Sculptors” SouthwestArt, (July, 2001), p.181 
Manya Winstead, Santa Fe Living, “Santa Fe’s Artistic Heartbeat” (Vol.6,Issue 1) 33
Suzanne Deats. “All About Life” Focus / Santa Fe, (April/ May 2001), p.36 
Gussie Fauntleroy. “Porcelain Sculptor Experiments with Bronze” The New Mexican,
June 2, 2000, Pasatiempo Magazine, p. 26 
William MacNeil. “Sculptor Prefers to ‘Mold it Up, Not Down” The New Mexican, 
June 26, 1998, Pasatiempo Magazine, p. 36
Kathleen McCloud. “A Paradoxical Blend of Vulnerability and Strength”
The New Mexican, July 18 1997, Pasatiempo Magazine, p. 18
Liz Bensley.  “Ambiguous Figures Invite Personal Points of View” The New Mexican,
February 7, 1997, Pasatiempo Magazine, p. 10
Gerry Williams. “Wisconsin Potters”, The Studio Potter, (December, 1987), p. 75
James Auer. “Susan Evans’ Small Figures Make Strong Statement,” The Milwaukee
    Journal, August 3, 1986, p. 8E
“Wisconsin Sculpture 1979,” Ceramics Monthly, (February, 1980), p. 93
Dean Jensen. “Artists In Clay Cast In Different Molds,” Milwaukee Sentinel,
January 18, 1980, p.14
Dean Jensen. “State Sculptors Carve Uncharted Paths,” Milwaukee Sentinel, 
August 31, 1979          
James Auer. “For Some Artists It’s A Small World,” Milwaukee Journal, Aug. 1977
 
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts – Racine, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Fine Arts Museum - Milwaukee, Wisconsin 
Baylor University Hospitals (commission) – Dallas, Texas
        Presbyterian Hospital – Albuquerque, New Mexico
        State of New Mexico Art in Public Places Program 2004
  Clovis Community College – Clovis, New Mexico
  New Mexico Junior College – Hobbs, New Mexico
        City of Edmond Art in Public Places Program (4 pieces) – Edmond, Oklahoma