Operation Catsuit Gardening by Alix Camacho
August 28, 2017
On July 29, 2017, Ayana Evans brought her performance piece, “Operation Catsuit” to the Kelly Street Garden.
Evans’ performance delivered fantasy into the space and invited participants to live an unusual experience while doing their everyday activities. Wearing boas, tiaras, and masks, participants gardened, danced, and had refreshing drinks served by the artist herself.
Evans’ performance questions her audience on “what happens if we just decide to do fabulous things in our daily life?”
Find out more by watching this video:
Thank you to Alix Camacho, Summer 2017 Program Intern, for this blog post and video.
About Ayana Evans
Ayana Evans is a NYC based artist from Chicago. Evans received her MFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and her BA in Visual Arts from Brown University. She has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and the Vermont Studio Center. In 2015 she received the Jerome Foundation’s Theater and Travel & Study Grant for artistic research abroad. Summer 2016 Evans completed her installment of the residency, “Back in Five Minutes” curated by Nicolas Dumit Estevez, at El Museo Del Barrio in NYC. Evans’s on-going performances/public interventions include: “Operation Catsuit” and “I Just Came Here to Find a Husband.” Other recent works by Evans are: “Thoughts on Rape; A Response to After Midnight by SHPC” Queens Museum, NYC, “Parasol” a triptych video collaboration with Zina Saro-Wiwa, Tiwani Contemporary, London, and “Stopping Traffic,” Gallery Sensei, NYC, and “Make Your Own Way” at Satellite Art Fair, Miami, and “Gurl I’d Drink Your Bathwater,” PRIZM art Fair, Miami. Additionally, Evans has curated and co-curated performance art show throughout New York, worked in arts education for a decade, and is Editor at Larger for www.cultbytes.com. Her recent press includes articles on New York Magazine’s The Cut, HyperAllergic, the Huffington Post and gallerygurls.net.