"The idea was to question in an art environment would anybody care? I also wanted to see how differently an art crowd would react compared to a fashion crowd where tight and bright is usually more celebrated. I didn’t expect so many women to take pictures either. Women should be able to wear whatever they want to….A racial element also came into question… but that was not planned.
I don’t think it’s stupid… but then I made the work! To me it’s art. I’m glad it’s getting a dialogue going about the objectification of women.” ~Ayana Evans, multi-talented visual artist
Ayana (Yana) Evans is a Chicago native who now resides in New York. Evans is an installation artist and handbag designer. She received her MFA from 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 received scholarship for study at the Vermont Studio Center. Evans’ artistic handbag line, Yana Handbags, has been featured in Essence, Nylon Magazine, TimeOut NY, Fiercive(Japan), Lucky Magazine, Marie Claire, and the LA Times. Her art exhibitions include a Relational performance and screening at Panoply Performance Lab,Brooklyn, NY; Annual Juried Show at SOHO20 Gallery, Chelsea, NY; Listen to Me at Swords into Plowshares Gallery, Detroit,MI; and Arranged Marriage at River Plaza, Chicago, IL. For more information on Yana visit www.yanahandbags.com and http://ayanaevans.tumblr.com/ Tweet Evans at: https://twitter.com/yana_handbags FB: https://www.facebook.com/YANAHandbag