Gina Costa | Sept. 17, 2013 | Notre Dame Magazine
Your first art lesson: Artists do not live in cultural vacuums. With few exceptions, the works artists create are informed by, respond to, react against or are shaped by the cultural climate of the time. The prevailing political, cultural, social, technological and religious attitudes of their social framework, as well as the artist’s nationality and role in society all inform the work created.
Take Terry Evans, a photographer widely recognized for her views of the Midwest Prairie, its people and its steel mills, and whose work is currently on display at the Snite Museum of Art. The exhibition of 66 photographs reveals the artist’s interest in the relationships that exists between people and the landscape they live in. Evans’ relationship with her environment comes alive in the photographs as she is from the Midwest herself — she was born in Kansas City, moved to Salina, Kansas, and now lives in Chicago.