My name is Evan Koch and I'm a lifelong resident of Louisiana. I've always had an interest in art as long as I could remember. My mother nurtured my artistic ability and pushed me from an early age to take art seriously. In 2014, I got my BFA in painting from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Since then, I've been a part of numerous shows, most notably two solo shows at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, LA. I also took part in 'Artists in the Park' at the Botanical Gardens in City Park in 2019.
My artist statement:
The earth exists in a perpetual state of motion, internally and externally creating and destroying. Within the contexts of art history and basic human perception, what we believe to be and refer to as landscape is an abstraction—an abbreviation, compression, and to some extent, acceptance within the artificial borders of sight, mind, and time. My work is informed by a fascination with the earth’s geological processes, by personal travels, and also by innovations in the fields of photography and art. I am interested in exploring and expanding the construct we refer to as landscape, as well as the ability of paint to represent my ideas.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Colorful. Mysterious. Earnest.
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
I don't live in New Orleans, but being from Louisiana, the city has always occupied space in my imagination. From the tenuous geological balance that it more or less maintains, to the vibrant culture and unique architecture that reveals glimpses of its history-New Orleans is a city like no other in the world. I would say the biggest influence on my work is the bright color combinations found throughout the city. What it lacks in rock formations, it makes up for in beautiful, colorful architecture.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
My creative process involves a lot of experimentation, some luck, and a lot of scrutiny.
Where do you draw inspiration?
I draw inspiration from geology, paleontology, archaeology, and just plain digging up the earth to find artifacts that allow me to essentially time travel.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Rauschenberg, and Willem deKooning, are a few of my favorite painters and I would consider my late professor, Allan Jones to be a guru of mine.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
My favorite band is Soundgarden, so I would hope that my work allows people to get in touch with their imaginations, much in the same way Soundgarden's lyrics do for me.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Sometimes I make it to a few Saints games, but other than that I'm usually at home with my family and tending to our ducks and chickens and many cats and dogs.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
I would say early fall is my favorite time of year. Football season is really starting to get intense and the oppressive Louisiana summer is starting to give way to cooler temperatures.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I like to collect old bottles. I enjoy buying them and digging them up as well.