Piece description from the artist
This piece was created in the late half of spring in 2010 during a phase of great and personal transition. On the verge of moving out of my small apartment and out of a city I had high hopes for, I was stuck between two worlds for the summer – doing what I love to do with my work and perhaps sticking with safer, more stable options to retain a kind of security moving forward into a future I may or may not be completely happy with.
The work was nonobjective, to start, where color was laid on thick in blankets and form was shaped and then placed with a specific kind of personal meaning. It was an indirect exploration through symbols in my work I had become accustomed to as items displaying personal growth and reflection – mysterious eyes; bright, abrasive, yet balanced colors; bodiless limbs performing nondescript tasks. Ultimately, I was left with a piece that stood on its own and allowed me to reflect upon, through mysterious imagery, the kinds of inner turmoil I was used to dealing with in my tumultuous year.
Originally from southern Massachusetts, Andrew has been painting and drawing since an early age. In 2003, he started classes at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, following a path of various studio and design classes that would eventually lead him to graduating in May of 2007 with a degree in Illustration. Since then, he has been in various shows in and around the Boston area that include select pieces from both his professional and personal work.
His work, mainly on found pieces of wood – often dilapidated or reclaimed – depicts the world around us through bright colors, sharp metaphor, and a curious kind of humor that often finds itself pleasantly tongue in cheek or altogether mysterious. Often shown with the idea of it all being an ongoing series with intrinsic similarities and shared symbolism, there is to be found in the work an implied narrative running through most of the
work that makes either subtle or severe nods to personal endeavors, world issues, and classic themes.