“Gravitational Waves” was in part inspired by the announcement of the proof of Einstein’s 70-year-old prediction of the existence of gravitational waves. The artist recently had a dinner conversation at KentPresents with the renowned physicist Kip Thorne whose research led to the proof of Einstein’s theory, capturing the sound of two black holes colliding at the birth of our universe some 1.3 billion light years away.
Evangeline wrote “ …I was compelled by the sound of the fleeting chirp of the collision of two black holes in part because my work processes personal and familial mythologies. This event was heard and recorded in Livingston Parish, Louisiana near my birth place. I never suspected that research of this import was happening there. ” The Louisiana event propelled her to act. Years before she learned from a fellow resident at Santa Fe Art Institute to follow the faintest traces of what you cannot understand because somewhere on Earth there will be someone doing work that provides the support for yours. “I just didn’t expect it to come from the field of science…”
Seeing a conceptualized illustration of energy inside a black hole struck her as the drawings she made of camellias from her mother’s garden. Evangeline claims that her mother’s camellias felt important and that she knew that they would inspire something some day when she was ready. The artist believes that we are built to understand the world through patterns of accidents and coincidences.