I am a multi-media artist and use a wide range of materials and formats in my painting, drawing, sculpture, and installations to explore the relationship of microcosm and macrocosm. I am interested in the great mystery and elegance of the universe as well as its often surprising, whimsical and quirky manifestations. I often work with the circle, a symbol of infinity, perfect and endless, referencing both metaphysical concepts and circular forms in nature from the structure within a cell to the display of the starry universe.
In my recent paintings on paper and canvas, I am engaged in bringing the instinctive, immediate, and improvisational qualities of drawing to the process of painting. Using various tools, I scratch, swirl, layer and draw into paint, spontaneously creating intersecting webs of linear markings. The biomorphic, idiosyncratic forms that emerge display the traces of their evolution.
Most recently my work has been included in “Crossing Lines” curated by Beth Dary in Main Window in Dumbo, “Deck the Walls” curated by Dee Shapiro at the National Arts Club in Manhattan, “Color: Primary to Tertiary” curated by Lilly Wei at Site Brooklyn in Brooklyn, and “The Big Small Show” curated by Anne Trauben at Victory Drawing Room in Jersey City.
Andra Samelson is originally from Denver, Colorado and currently lives and works in both New York City and Delhi, NY. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College and is a recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Samelson’s work has been exhibited extensively in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe and her public artwork, commissioned by New Jersey Transit, is permanently on view at the Hudson Bergen Light Rail’s Second Street Station in Hoboken, NJ. Her work has been reproduced and reviewed in the New York Times, Art Forum, New York Arts, New American Painting, Boulevard and elsewhere, and is represented in several private and public collections including the Rubin Museum of Art, Chase Manhattan Bank, Dow Jones, the Library of Congress and the Loyola University Museum of Art.