About Andrea Brewster

Andrea Brewster held a Digital Art and Design Certificate from the Center For Electronic Arts, San Francisco, CA, in 2000. Her work comprises otherworldly, organic abstractions referencing biological life and natural processes. He is particularly intrigued by the mathematical order underlying growth patterns and the dynamism of “S” curves.
She creates pieces out of wet-formed, translucent vellum paper, colored with watercolor and colored pencil. Without being deliberately referential, Andrea seeks to create bio-morphically indeterminate works, lying somewhere between the natural form of plants, microscopic sea creatures, and science/fictional biology; otherworldly and familiar, comforting and disquieting.

The Enchanted Garden Exhibition at the Mercury 20

Brewster utilized artificial intelligence to create semi-abstract floral compositions to recall nature for the Enchanted Garden series exhibiting at the Mercury 20 Gallery from May 5, 2023 in Oakland. To do so, she uses color and light to emphasize the soul of her subject. In this way, Brewster highlights the ability of floral images to explore themes such as the future of the natural environment in which we live. The series reflects a place that captures the essence of nature and presents it as an enchanted garden where magical flowers bloom in delicate shades, with each petal a canvas for wonder and beauty.

Hello Andrea! First, tell us where you grew up and when or how you understood you wanted to become an artist.

Hello there! I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and wanted to be an artist since I was a child. I have always loved to make things and explore different media and ideas. The question of “What if…??” has long been a fundamental part of my practice as an artist.

Please briefly describe your technique and tell us what drives you to make art.

As a mixed-media artist, I have utilized various techniques and mediums, including handwriting, textiles, paper, 3D printing pen, and AI. I want to make art as a way of exploring and am particularly intrigued by the natural world and work simultaneously otherworldly and familiarly.

What is the main feature that has changed in your work or practice?

The media and techniques I have used have changed considerably through the years. I am constantly looking for new ways to explore and new mediums to try out. Digital media fascinates me. But, simultaneously, a consistent theme flows through my work, stitching it together into a single whole.

Which artist primarily inspires your work? And is there something else, outside visual arts, that keeps you motivated?

I am currently very inspired by the work of Czech outsider artist Anna Zemankova. My walks on the trails of the East Bay hills are a constant source of inspiration. Here I remind myself of our connection with the natural world and how important it is to protect and maintain wild areas, even as we become increasingly technologically sophisticated.

How would you like people to engage with your work?

The highest praise for me is when someone says my work is beautiful, as it means they have connected with the piece and have allowed a tiny bit of the aesthetic into their system. I hope that tiny seed continues to grow and blossom within them.

Spread the word! Do you have anything exciting on the horizon?

I will have a solo show of my new AI work at Mercury Twenty Gallery in Oakland, CA, from May 5-June 10, 2023. 

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