Water Stories with the Artist Evelyn Rydz
Join the artist and educator Evelyn Rydz for an afternoon of conversation and collective artmaking within the exhibition Water Stories: River Goddesses, Ancestral Rites, and Climate Crisis, on view September 18–December 16, 2023. The exhibition presents artworks that tell alternative stories of water experience in the context of climate change, while encouraging viewers to appreciate the multivalent meaning of water and their own relationship to it. Rydz has repeatedly observed the increasing impacts on natural and cultural ecosystems throughout her various field studies, which has crystallized her curiosity into persistent concern.
In her drawing practice, Rydz is committed to a slow process of observational, imaginative, and handmade drawing as quiet resistance to the massive quantities and fast-paced cycles of contemporary production, consumption, and disposability. In the newly commissioned wall-sized work Outflux (2023), Rydz creates a cascade of waters from torn prints of water from across the globe. In this work, she continues her exploration of ocean ecosystems and the human impacts on the land and sea. She has studied, documented, and drawn from bodies of water across the Americas for over a decade; including rivers in the Boston area where she currently lives and works; the coasts of Miami where she was raised; and the coasts of Cuba and Colombia where her parents are from. These field studies consist of mapping global currents and observing what travels above and below their surfaces, which has inspired imagery in her work.
Harvard Radcliffe Institute gratefully acknowledges the Johnson-Kulukundis Family Endowment Fund for the Arts, which is supporting this exhibition.
Free and open to the public.