My name is Andra (she/her), and I am an emerging artist from Toronto who is passionate about drawing, painting and ceramics. I have studied with artists Ed Pien, Brian Smith, and Elly Smallwood. I have shown my work through the 2016 Cabbagetown Art Fair, and the 2018 Queen West Art Crawl. In 2016, I was awarded the Emerging Toronto Artist Character Award.
I am passionate about using art as a way to connect with other people and create a community. I have volunteered as an arts facilitator at CAMH, with at-risk youth through Smile Kids Japan and most recently at Sketch Community Arts where I helped facilitate a youth arts collective.
My work focuses on narratives of identity. Who are we at our core? How do we connect with nature, with ourselves and with those around us? My large-scale pastel drawings explore and help us reconnect with the lost parts of ourselves. There are many sides to each of us, some of which we keep hidden away, but all of which are integral to the story of our lives. By overlapping multiple images of the same person, I create abstracted composite figures to form more complete images of the subject, while at the same time becoming unrecognizable.
Stay tuned for pictures of my latest work, Instagram updates and new series of works that I will be posting soon.
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Emerging Toronto Artists - Character Award
Juried competition - Leading Jury Member Lee Howard