August 1 – 30, 2018
Andrea Gardner is a Whanganui, New Zealand Based artist from California. Working primarily in photography and mixed media sculpture, her practice explores how we perceive nature in a contemporary context, the tension between domesticity and nature, artifice and reality, and the familiar juxtaposed with the unexpected. In many of the photographs nature is depicted as an image: to be reproduced, hung on the wall, worn or looked at in a book. Andrea’s photographs include romantic dioramas, more minimal still lifes, recent “color studies” and photographs using the human figure, sometimes with masks, camouflage, costumes and projections.
She has lived in numerous places including Montana, New York City, Rome, Italy. She has completed art residencies in Mexico, Colombia and Bolivia as well as numerous residencies in the USA. She has work in the collections of The Dowse Art Museum, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the Sarjeant Gallery and the James Wallace Trust. She completed her BFA at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and later received an MFA in Painting from the University of Iowa.