The work of Evelyn Forester nods to art history, knowing full-well that what she makes has been made. It is important for her to note the fact that painting as a true art form is a dead religion that had its place in time and its extremely important role in the progression of humankind’s emotion, thought, politics, and aesthetics. Her paintings continue only in the tradition of the aesthetic where her emotion is transferred to a surface as a way to negotiate past traumatic experiences.
This group of paintings explores a longing to be someplace else with someone else. She invites you to take what is her reflected trauma and experience it in a lifted light. Don’t prod deep for meaning. There will be none found.
“To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life and this is a softness that ends in bitterness.” - Flannery O’Connor
Evelyn Forester stopped making paintings in 2013 when she moved to the Florida Panhandle to spend time her great aunt. The one person in her family who Evelyn had tolerance for encouraged her to look just a bit beyond her constant self-pity and think outwardly. This three year instruction worked just a little. It was enough to persuade Evelyn to produce the work you are viewing now. She currently resides in Knoxville, TN with her black pit bull terrier - Gretta Lou.