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.
Andrea is currently in residence with Agora Digital Art, a London based organization that advocates and promotes the work of women and non-binary artists working in Digital Art. She is investigating the middle aged female body in “Rise of the Tidal Island Queens” which is inspired by a series of self-portraits when the artist turned 50 and enacted spontaneous performances within the natural elements. The XR work challenges the construction and portrayal of sexualized female avatars in the digital world and the constant search for perfection that keeps reiterating the idea of the fantasized female body as an object of desire always resembling/representing traditional cannons of beauty based on youth and sculptural bodies.
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.