Andrea is a visual artist & photographer based in London. Originally from Germany, she has studied at Hunter College New York and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Leeds. Recent awards include a Mac Dowell Fellowship for a month long artist residency in Petersborough, NH/USA, an Ecce grant (European Centre for Creative Industries) for her solo exhibition Farewells and funding from the Arts Council of England to develop the virtual reality experience Ghost Weight.
Andrea’s work has emerged out of photography’s’ expanded field and incorporates installation, sculpture, collage, photography and immersive media experiences. Her latest site-specific installations feature three-dimensional photographic portraits that are cut out, bent and folded in the third dimension in a playful way that gives rise to filigree, nearly weightless objects, space occupations or conceptual spaces. This kind of making revolves around the experience she had when she was a 4 year old and created a zoo made out of folded cardboard figures at her grandmothers’ house.
Originally trained as a photographer, Andrea is fascinated by the human form and face and believes in the magic of photographic portraits. She uses colour and space to invite the viewer to understand the image in a contemporary setting such as immersive media technologies. Her virtual reality project Ghost Weight goes a step further and transforms three-dimensional photographic portraits into digital files. The characters are freed from the cold, dead stasis of the still photograph and able to move around the immersive VR world and form new relationships.
Exhibitions include Royal Academy of Arts, Towner Art Gallery, Charles Dickens Museum, Kunsthaus Hamburg and Palais des Arts Marseille amongst many others. Andrea’s work has been featured in The New Yorker and is in the collections of the Charles Dickens Museum, Museum for Kunst & Gewerbe, and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston.