Instructor: Andrea DeLeon
Andrea is a Texas-based sculpture artist living in Austin. She studied architecture and industrial design at Savannah College of Art and Design and received her Studio Arts Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. She works in a variety of mediums including precious metals, steel, glass, ceramics, plaster and wood. Andrea has studied nationally and internationally to build upon her skill set attending courses in renowned schools such as Abate Zanetti in Murano, Italy, The Crucible in Oakland, California, and attended glassblowing residency at Ox-Bow School of Arts. She has worked in the metal and glass fabrication industries since her graduation and has had the opportunity to work for Berlin artist Frank Buchwald and master knifemaker Thomas Rucker. Andrea is part of the Austin-based ICOSA artist collective and has been enjoying sharing her knowledge with students while developing her artistic practices.
My work is a consequence of vivid introspection. It takes a metaphysical approach to exploring characteristics that are uniquely human. Through the use of symbols and material it questions fundamental realities that are ingrained in our macro and microcosm. By alluding to elements of time, space, light, gravity, equilibrium, ritual and memory, each piece explores new facets of personal philosophies. The work grounded the work in scientific concepts - like the complexities of the quantum world, the catalytic laws of thermodynamics - in order to reflects the reciprocal relationship of .
The practice of body adornment is inherent in our primitive history by reflecting anthropological culture, status and identity. Because it allows me to explore this facet of self-awareness and ritual, my recent work is meant to serve as a portal mirroring an ethereal mind-space that the piece is originally created in. By surrendering to the different processes and materials, it allows for an intimate experience producing these individual forms of talismans.
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