Ann Evers has lived on the edge of Broken Hill for many years. Her artwork attempts to reflect the variety and struggle for survival in this arid land. It is a quiet banner drawing people’s attention to the minutiae that many of us do not see or choose to ignore. These minutiae once had names and were part of a rich culture for millennia.
She makes use of basket weaving practices that have spread across the world and reflect the particular environment of the makers. Using these ancient techniques she adds her own twist, using other media such as handmade paper, clay and found objects. She has a particular interest in the plants of this arid zone, which are under considerable stress in recent years due to the changing climate, grazing and developments such as irrigation.
Ann has exhibited around Australia and has been shortlisted for a number of art prizes. She regularly holds basket-making workshops in Broken Hill, Wilcannia and Menindee as well as further afield. She enjoys collaborating with local indigenous people to rediscover basket-making techniques.
Ann Evers : Contained and Baked in the Desert, 2020 | Three bakers’ tins enclose a dozen stitched and woven vessels, which include portions of primitively fired ceramic along with handmade paper treated with bees wax. Varieties of plant fibres, seed pods, Quandong seeds, sticks, a button, clam shells, bones and emu feather have all been collected within Far West N.S.W., 100 x 60 x 11 cm
Second Place, 2020 Pro Hart Outback Art Prize
Contained and Baked in the Desert” found its shape during this time of self- isolation. The vessels took on a life of their own inside these small compartments… much like most of us have done. They have all been made from plants collected in Far West NSW…. plants which are increasingly vulnerable in this time of ongoing drought and baking summers.
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