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“Objects / Process / Response,” a retrospective of artworks by Massachusetts artist Catherine Evans, is on display through Aug. 7 at ArtSpace’s West Gallery, 63 Summer St., Maynard.

For the past four decades, Evans has been involved in post minimal and process artworks using a range of materials including fabric, plastic, paper, wood and found materials. She credits her creativity from early farm life and being a young single mother trying to survive, when improvising and repurposing were a necessity. Her “artistic brain” led to the kind of alchemy that converted life experiences and observations into art. Her repairing a car muffler with a tomato paste can, curtain rods and muffler tape has everything to do with her future works.

Evans has been sewing since the age of 4. Using these early sewing and fiber skills, she supported herself in costume design and apparel, working for a variety of places such as Trinity Reparatory Theater and various movies produced in Rhode Island. These early skills are still an important part of her life and evident in her work.

In 2000, she obtained her first studio at ArtSpace Maynard.

“I create object art through assemblage of common items. A series often lasts for years, encompassing public art, sculpture, installations as well as repetitive and detailed work. I have always been involved in social justice issues trying to make a difference to make the world a better place. I worked as a community organizer spent years at the ACLU and Common Cause. In Rhode Island I was on the governor’s advisory commission for women. I worked in the court system for abused children the disabled and elderly, and started a group for abused women. I am still active, as a member of the Maynard ADA commission. My art is a pullback reaction to a chaotic world, an effort to make peace and order,” said Evans about her artwork.

Works by Catherine Evans.

“Catherine is no doubt one of New England’s most important feminist sculptors and  community participatory public artists that wants to share her art as a form of community celebration and recognition that art is a part of our everyday life,” said ArtSpace’s Executive Director Jerry Beck. “She combines highly unconventional and personal materials to create multiple sculptural forms and shapes. I believe she is grounded in and evolved from the seminal work of Eva Hesse in which she forged the art of grids, structures, clusters, patterns and other forms of minimalism. Like Hesse, Catherine’s artwork has a sense of emotive power, a personality in which she weaves, sews, stitches, glues, screws, tapes her work together in a repetitive and labor-intensive process. Her work become metaphoric patterns of thinking, of dreaming, of working through her love of creation and communication.”



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