blackbird spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1


ADAPTATION SYNDROME  |  Painting in Contemporary Image Culture

Margaret Evangeline

 Polychromaculate #5, #4, #3, 2004
 Oil on aluminum with gunshot, each 42'' x 42''
 Visual Arts Center of Richmond
 Courtesy Byron Roche Gallery, Chicago

After reading our proposal for Adaptation Syndrome last fall, Evangeline felt an immediate connection to the exhibition’s purpose. In an e-mail to Byron Roche, her dealer in Chicago, she stated, “I hadn’t realized until reading the definition of adaptation syndrome that this is exactly what happened to me as I first began to shoot the work out in Albuquerque. The next morning I was once again able to focus as I had before 9-11 . . . albeit differently. I healed myself with it, even though I didn’t do it with the conscious intention of healing or adapting.”