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Evelyn Roitner

@electric.fawn
Artist Statement:

Evelyn Roitner is an emerging multidisciplinary artist and illustrator who identifies as feminist and queer. Originally from Aurora, ON now based in St. John’s, NL. In 2016 she graduated from OCAD University with a Bachelor of Design in Illustration. 

Through traditional and digital mediums, she explores themes of identity, storytelling, place and personal mythologies. 

In university, she took a domestic ceramics course that subsequently took over her life for the remainder of the year – in a good way. In her approach to clay, she is most interested in combining illustration and sequential art with functional ceramics.

In March, as things shut down, Evelyn started walking every day to get out of the house for exercise and fresh air. As the weeks went by, she became more attentive and familiar with the architecture, infrastructure, flora, and fauna in her neighbourhood. She began to simultaneously take in the minutiae of the route while constructing a larger understanding and experience of the environment around her. Below she describes some of the research that has inspired her current project:

As I was researching this project, I came across the Situationist International movement. Their concept of “psychogeography” – the exploration of an urban environment by ‘drifting’ in a playful way – grabbed my attention. Guy Debord, a founding member of the Situationist International wrote: 

Psychogeography could set for itself the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, whether consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals.

Click here to check out the online recording “Evelyn Roitner & guest James Knott: Walking, Map-Making, & Psychogeography”

Below are some process shots of Evelyn’s project.

 

As Evelyn’s project for the FARR program evolves, we will be updating this page to showcase her developments. Check back here and follow us on our social media to catch all the updates.

 

Here is a sample of some of Evelyn’s past work.