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Andrea Loefke

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...........once upon a time there was a world: whimsical, humorous, synthetic, girly, intimate, alien, glittering, sexy, soft, innocent, explicit, humming and obscure..........Miniature styrofoam bathtubs with yellow paper propellers move around nervously, exchanging vital substances with a drippy sack. Soft, skin-like forms, placed on antiseptic tables breath rhythmically. Nearby stones become lumps of gold, numbered meticulously, and plastacine eggs dress up in pink lace, silver gems, white feathers, and glistening pearls for a moment of decadent, dark, and luscious play. In my work, fictional narratives, dream worlds with anchors in the real, occupy a space between familiarity and fantasy. The environments are systems –
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overlapping worlds, groups and subgroups that are juxtaposed and united through scale, color palette, sound, form, space, and material. With the continuous pushing and pulling among the elements of this vocabulary, I am creating hierarchies of events and narratives, which compete and communicate. The groupings of objects and their placement within a particular space become a journey of discovery.
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I develop pathways for the viewer to travel, I link micro with macro worlds, encourage notions of irritation, and implied movement of the objects and ask the viewer to relate oneself to the objects and the situations they present. Materials, found objects and colorful, kitschy, decorative supplies overflow the categorized shelves and bins in my studio. In fabricating these fairy-like worlds, I knit, cut, glue, sew, find, draw, fold, select, solder, saw, paint, decorate, carve, combine and mold. The making itself is playful and spontaneous. Intuition and design alternately dictate my working process, promoting the unexpected. - IMAGE DESCRIPTIONS: - 1. Beneath Such Dreamy Weather, July 2003. Mixed Media (loft entirely made out of styrofoam, top surface partially covered with poly batting, plywood steps, upstairs: small objects made out of a variety of materials), 144 x 168 x 192 in. - 2. It had in fact a sort of mixed flavour of cherry-tart, custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffy, and hot buttered toast, May 2003 (detail of playhouse). Mixed Media (wood, stuffing, batting, cable, paper), dimensions of the playhouse: 87 x 46 x 96 in. - 3. Little Drawings, 2001/02/03. Mixed media, dimensions variable (one drawing: 71/2 x 5 ¾ in. ) - 4. What a blissful time we had…, Nov.
2002. Mixed media (fabric, lace, casted aluminum, styrofoam, latex, wood, painted stones, chenille stems, foam, plastacine, wood glue, glitter, confetti), dimensions variable (installed: 84¾ x 300¾ x 360¾). - 5. It had in fact a sort of mixed flavour of cherry-tart, custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffy, and hot buttered toast, May 2003. Mixed Media (wallpaper, tiles, wood, epoxy paint, marker, stuffing, batting, paper, cable, spray-foam,
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stuffing, batting, paper, cable, spray-foam, plastacine, pom poms, cardboard, foam, coffee-filter, styrofoam pellets, carpet, fabric, styrofoam, found objects, glitter, conduit, sculpy, plastic fences, pearls), 192 x 300 x 360 in. - 6. Untitled, Dec. 2003. Mixed Media (wood, simulated wood grain contact paper, foam, polyester fiberfil, fishing line), 8 x 17 x 12 in.
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