I'm Andrea Lewicki and I am an abstract painter/writer/thinker.
Abstract art draws me in and knocks my socks right off. I love the disruption of it and how it either makes you think in a divergent, expansive way or pushes you away immediately. I also love discovering the context of abstract art. I spend a lot of my non-studio time reading and learning about creative lineage in abstraction, and I am deeply interested in artists who followed their own wild instincts.
My art studio looks out upon a small lake way out yonder from Seattle and I am ridiculously happy about this. LakeTV is quite captivating and were it not for my other job at a gallery in Seattle, I would be a studio hermit.
In my studio, I am searching for both structure and fluidity, for containers and boundaries I can slip. I am constantly learning new visual languages while willfully working to destroy them. It is confusing, often liberating. I am most satisfied with my work when it feels foreign to me and I cannot reproduce it. Such satisfaction is rare. To my amusement as a lover of sad-core post punk, my work often reflects an optimistic, mid-century modern aesthetic. A sense of layered, continuous motion is also characteristic of my paintings.
I apply paint with scrapers, palette knives, and invented implements, rarely using brushes. I enjoy painting on heavyweight Bristol paper, mounting the unfinished work onto board, and then selectively removing layers with an auto shop sanding block.
Music is an important part of my studio experience and it is not unusual for me to pencil fragments of lyrics onto my paintings.
My current creative motto: When in doubt, move.
I adore creative nonfiction and everyday, unromantic poetry. I worship at the literary church of John McPhee and Annals of the Former World is my favorite book, ever. I am perpetually re-reading it.
Once upon a time I was a legit rocket scientist and once upon another time I got paid to drink beer on the job at a ridiculous hour of the morning. Working for large companies wrecked my spirit. Twice. Art saved me both times.
Also, I wear a lot of yellow. Zuri dresses are my wardrobe staples -- they are freedom and style with comfort and color. When I go to an event where I don't know anyone, I look for the people who are also wearing colorful clothing and strike up a conversation. I recommend trying it.
I cultivate a community of creative contagion and positive momentum. What does that actually mean? It means I go out of my way to tempt people into making art and surround them with other people doing the same thing. I seek out abstract artists and am currently interested in conversations in the greater Seattle area about discussion of abstract work.
I occasionally offer workshops in the Seattle about creative voice, expanding creative expression, and other topics as the muse strikes.