Rhiannon Evans is the first artist to undertake an extended DWELL residency for older women artists. Started in October 2019 and continuing through 2020, Rhiannon started the residency with a period of working in the project space and following the Covid 19 lockdown is now working from her home studio.
Her residency continues through the summer with an open studio event planned for September 2020.
Artist statement :
"Still rooted in social engagement, a dialogical aesthetic and concepts of a dynamic archive; intimate exchanges through written text and spoken word have been increasingly coming into focus in my work.
Hayley Newman and Sally O’Reilly’s recent Writing for Performance workshop Slow Moving Words at the Ikon, Birmingham completely changed my relationship with ‘words’; whilst my most recent developing visual imagery examines the current pervading attempts to categorise, contain and measure personal communications and experience, through digital analytics platforms and other systems.
Following a recent solo exhibition, Contingent Passages at Cornerstone Arts, Didcot and the collaborative Summer Residency with artists and biotechnology research scientists at OVADA Studios, Oxford, I plan to use my Dwell time to mull over the various strands of my practices, and examine their ties; the attachments, restrictions and future possibilities.
DWELL will provide me with essential retreat; the opportunity to step back from collaborative making for a while into a quiet and contemplative space of solitary reflection, before moving forwards in new directions."