Mary Evans is a Nigerian born artist, living in London. Her work focuses on ideas of identity, alienation, and assimilation of immigrants from Africa in European countries. She is fascinated by “what they are forced to learn, and relearn, what they choose to remember and forget, how they are irrevocably changed.” She tries to express her own identity, which is a union of African and European elements, in her work.
Mary Evans' life-size construction of brown paper silhouettes references the slave port Castle of Elmina in present day Ghana, a prison involved in the Triangular Trade. This was the site of deportation to America for many African people. By divesting her figures not only of distinguishing features but of clothing, Evans parallels her work with their loss of homeland and identity during this period of slave trading.