Distinguished Artist Series Annie Evelyn with James Renwick Alliance

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When interacting with artist Annie Evelyn’s furniture, expect the unexpected. Joy and laughter are central to her aesthetic, steering her towards unorthodox materials and designs. You might encounter a wavy wooden chair topped with glass vials to hold individual fresh flowers. Or, a pair of motorized coin-operated tables that cause objects to skitter off and crash. Seats made of concrete or aluminum, seemingly rigid materials, are cleverly tessellated to provide flexible seating that conforms comfortably to the body. Evelyn’s work is lightened by humor but grounded in impeccable craftsmanship, making for a joyous and satisfying interaction with each piece.

She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and has garnered multiple awards and residencies. Most recently, she was a finalist for the 2018 Burke Prize and was included in the exhibition “The Future of Craft Part 2” at the Museum of Art and Design in New York.

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