Andrea is an artist, lecturer and photographer based in London. Her work has emerged out of photography’s expanded field and includes installation, photography, collage, video, and immersive realities such as VR and AR. Her projects use innovative technology to explore subjects as diverse as travel, home, being an expat, existential loneliness, freedom of mind, globalization, and travel to the afterlife. She is particularly interested in the human body and the connection between body and mind, and how we navigate between physical and digital worlds.
Her XR project “Rise of the Tidal Island Queens” was shortlisted for the VR Art Prize 2023 awarded by DKB in cooperation with the CAA Berlin. ROTIQ is inspired by an ancient Greek myth and a series of self – portraits that the artist took at age 50, and was developed during a digital residency for Mozilla hubs with Agora Digital Art, a London based organization that advocates the work of women and non-binary artists. The project is supported by a Time – Space – Money Bursary from an (Artists Information Company and Arts Council England).
“Some of you may recall the myth of Aphrodite’s violent birth; how the goddess of Love and Fertility was born a grown woman shaped form the white foam of the sea. Adding narrative from the surrealist artist Ithell Colquhoun with her vision of divine femininity, in which the woman becomes a landscape and merges with Earth – an entity alive inhabited by spirits… In this metaphor, the project question’s themes related to mature women such as ageism, body confidence, and criticism of the eternal youthful representation of the female body. The clash between the two players: the body and the mind.” (MiMi, Agora Digital Art, 2022).
The interactive VR installation “Ghost Weight Experience” explores ideas around death, memorialization and photography and speculates what happens with our souls in the afterlife. The VR work was created in collaboration with composer Isa Suarez, writer Veronica B. and VR developer Alejandro Escobar and supported by an Arts Council Lottery grant.
Awards include a bursary from a-n The Artists Information Company and Arts Council England, 2022; a commission for Grain Projects, 2020; an Arts Council England Lottery grant, 2020; a Mac Dowell Colony Fellowship Award and Residency at Peterborough, NH, USA, 2018; a DYCP Arts Council grant, 2018; as well as Ecce (European Centre for Creative Economy) award.
Solo exhibitions at Neuland Projekt Raum, Bochum; Coleman Project Space, London, 2021; Foyer Gallery, School of Design, University of Leeds, 2019; and Rottstr5 kunsthallen, Bochum, Germany, 2017. Her work is held in the collections of the Museum of London; Charles Dickens Museum; MFAH Houston, USA and Museum Kunst & Gewerbe, Hamburg.