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Thicket

Thicket, silverpoint on prepared paper, 11.5” x 10.75”, 2017.
Thicket, silverpoint on prepared paper, 11.5” x 10.75”, 2017.

Row House, Old Town

Row House, Old Town
"Row House, Old Town", watercolor on paper, 6" x 6", 2017.

Garment for Growth

Garment for Growth
"Garment for Growth", handmade garment (felt, plastic, brass, thread) with potting soil and lettuce, dimensions variable, 2017. Photo documentation of sculptural/performance work

Firewood #37

Firewood #37
"Firewood #37", watercolor on paper, 10.25" x 10.25", 2014

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About Andrea Sherrill

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Through intricate drawings, sculpture, and performative gestures, Andrea Sherrill Evans explores new forms of nature that reveal the active and irreversible impact of the human hand.  Arizona-born and Baltimore-based, Evans’ perspective is largely influenced by the varied landscapes of the places she has lived, including the Southwest, New England, and the mid-Atlantic regions of the US.   She is a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Drawing, St. Botolph... more

Invasive

Invasive documents the transformed – and transforming – landscape of the mid-Atlantic, investigating the ways in which “Nature” and the “natural” shift under the shadow of the Anthropocene. The 50 postcard-sized drawings of Invasive depict monumental masses of invasive plants blanketing the native landscape along highways in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. While perspective and point of view shift across the series of drawings, they are united through linear groupings that connect different locations and moments in time.

Creeper

This body of work consists of a series of silverpoint drawings investigating the rampant growth of invasive vines along roadsides and highways throughout the mid-Atlantic. Due to the nature of silverpoint, a drawing technique dating back to the early Renaissance which uses a piece of silver as a mark-making tool, these drawings vary in temperature and tonal range based on the amount of tarnishing that has taken place in the life of the drawing.

  • Thicket

    silverpoint, drawing, nature
    silverpoint on prepared paper, 11.5” x 10.75”, 2017.
  • Bosk

    Bosk
    silverpoint on prepared paper, 6" x 6", 2018
  • Overgrowth

    Overgrowth
    silverpoint on prepared paper, 4.25" x 6", 2016
  • Rampant

    Rampant
    silverpoint on prepared paper, 4.25" x 6", 2016
  • Shroud

    Shroud
    silverpoint on prepared paper, 4.25" x 6", 2016
  • Copse

    Copse
    silverpoint on prepared paper, 6" x 4.25", 2016
  • Intertwined

    Intertwined
    silverpoint on prepared paper, 6" x 4.25", 2016

Garment for Growth & Portable Plant Studies

The Garment for Growth and Portable Plant Studies feature an ongoing series of handmade garments and other appropriated wearable structures designed to support and sustain plant life while maintaining maximum portability. These works suggest hypothetical methods for a more symbiotic and intimate relationship between humans and nature.

Façade Series

The watercolor Façade Series examines elements of nature that eke out a living among the concrete and asphalt in our increasingly expanding urban spaces. Their subjects range from massive vines of English ivy covering a factory building to tiny clumps of crabgrass sprouting up between the cracks of a sidewalk, each suggesting the architectural structures within the city solely through the blanket of vegetation that envelops them.

Firewood

This series of 50 life-size watercolor drawings render pieces of split firewood as they have been carefully, though not always successfully, reassembled.

Marker Series

The Marker drawings investigate the human mark on the landscape and the wild places that are sought in order to reestablish a connection with the natural world. These trail markers are a rupture in an otherwise seemingly untouched landscape, hinting towards a complex exchange between the natural and built world.

  • Marker #1

    silverpoint and acrylic on prepared paper, 29.5" x 20", 2012
  • Marker #4

    silverpoint and acrylic on prepared paper, 29.5" x 31", 2012
  • Marker #5

    silverpoint and acrylic on prepared paper, 29.5" x 36", 2013
  • Marker #2

    silverpoint and acrylic on prepared paper, 29.5" x 33", 2012
  • Marker #2 (detail)

    silverpoint and acrylic on prepared paper, 29.5" x 33", 2012
  • Marker #3

    silverpoint and walnut ink on prepared paper, 29.5" x 23", 2012
  • Marker #6

    silverpoint and acrylic on prepared paper, 29.5" x 23", 2013

Siblings

In Siblings, playful and sometimes antagonistic actions pulled from childhood take on new meanings as they are reenacted through adult bodies. These works explore the structure of the bonds between siblings and the ways in which these early interactions set the stage for adult relationships.

  • Siblings #6

    silverpoint and watercolor on prepared paper, 17.5" x 17.5", 2013
  • Siblings #5

    silverpoint and watercolor on prepared paper, 17.5" x 17.5", 2013
  • Siblings #1

    silverpoint and watercolor on prepared paper, 17.5" x 17.5", 2012
  • Siblings #2

    silverpoint and watercolor on prepared paper, 17.5" x 17.5", 2012
  • Siblings #3

    silverpoint and watercolor on prepared paper, 17.5" x 17.5", 2012
  • Siblings #4

    silverpoint and watercolor on prepared paper, 17.5" x 17.5", 2013

Wilderness Studies

Woven through the Wilderness Studies is the aim to complicate the idea of nature and the often didactic division between the human and the natural world. The use of drawing as a primary medium recalls the picturesque travel sketches of the Romantic painters, but their subject of sublime scenery with mythic proportions is transposed onto new forms of nature that reveal the active, and irreversible, impact of the human hand.

  • Plaid Shirt #5

    silverpoint and watercolor on prepared paper, 14" x 11", 2011
  • Plaid Shirt #4

    silverpoint and watercolor on prepared paper, 14" x 11", 2011
  • Plaid Shirt #3

    silverpoint and watercolor on prepared paper, 14" x 11", 2011
  • Plaid Shirt #2

    silverpoint and watercolor on prepared paper, 14" x 11", 2010
  • Plaid Shirt #1

    silverpoint and watercolor on prepared paper, 14" x 11", 2010
  • Moose Bed #2

    silverpoint and watercolor on prepared paper, 11" x 11", 2010
  • Moose Bed #1

    silverpoint and watercolor on prepared paper, 11" x 11", 2009
  • Untitled (Birch Trees)

    silverpoint on prepared paper, 34" x 42", 2010.
  • The Tree #2

    silverpoint and watercolor on prepared paper, 28.75" x 23.25", 2011.
  • The Tree #1

    silverpoint and watercolor on prepared paper, 28.75" x 23.25, 2011

Additional Sculptural & Performative Works

These related sculptural and performative pieces reexamine the habitual ways that we connect to and consume the natural world. Fragmented pieces of wood severed from their environment are carefully mended and pieced back together with varying levels of success. While these gestures are bound to fail, they also suggest the possibility of transformation and renewal.

  • Siblings

    Siblings
    birch and hand-knit wool, dimensions variable, 2011.
  • Coppice

    birch firewood and mixed media, dimensions variable, 2012
  • Woodlot

    Performance/installation with 1/2 cord firewood and string, 2013. Documentation from "8-Hour Projects: Performativity" at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
  • Woodlot

    Performance/installation with 1/2 cord firewood and string, 2013. Documentation from "8-Hour Projects: Performativity" at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
  • Woodlot

    Performance/installation with 1/2 cord firewood and string, 2013. Documentation from "8-Hour Projects: Performativity" at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
  • Woodlot

    Performance/installation with 1/2 cord firewood and string, 2013. Documentation from "8-Hour Projects: Performativity" at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
  • Woodlot

    Performance/installation with 1/2 cord firewood and string, 2013. Documentation from "8-Hour Projects: Performativity" at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
  • Woodlot

    Performance/installation with 1/2 cord firewood and string, 2013. Documentation from "8-Hour Projects: Performativity" at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
  • Making Amends

    Making Amends
    1 hour performance with wood and wool, 2011 Part of "Time Body Space Objects" at Proof Gallery, Boston, MA
  • Making Amends

    Making Amends
    1 hour performance with wood and wool, 2011 Part of "Time Body Space Objects" at Proof Gallery, Boston, MA

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