I had my first portfolio put together when I was five. I grew up with brushes in both hands and paints in my hair. Artistic medium has always been not only my way of expression and communication of deepest thoughts, but a bodily experience as well. I am truly happy only when my clothes bear paint stains and the air is embedded with the smells of freshly painted canvas – “art work in progress” I am thinking, and my pulse rises. I treasure the creative process more than the final product. I relax sketching and I put myself through an addictive hell combined with heavenly delight when I work in the studio.
And so I confess the relationships that are always transforming me, bringing consequences to my life and work, inducing directions and predispositions just as the main stem of a tree generates its branches into a scheme of countless twists and angles. Art is my way of being; it is my life.
Andra holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia.