Andrea Wheeler, BA Senior Exhibition in Drawing

The Everlasting Flutter of Memories

May 2 – May 13, 2014
Highsmith Art and Intercultural Gallery, 
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, May 2, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
Free and Open to the Public

Several pieces of Andrea Wheeler's BA Senior Exhibition portfolio are included in the BA Senior Salon Exhibition along with seven other candidates whose portfolios are the culmination of their work toward bachelor of arts degrees in art.

Andrea Wheeler's Artist's Statement: "My artwork celebrates life, but at the same time it shows that death is not far away.  I illustrate this in my art, through the vanitas of death. To represent this balance between life and in death, a lot of dreamlike, real and unreal symbolism is used in my artwork. 

Through playing with these barriers and symbolism, my art is a way for me to immortalize life and to beautify death. Death is often looked at in a negative view or often ignored all together.  My inspiration for this concept comes from watching my mom pass away from cancer in 2006. I wish to bring death into a more positive light so that we may respect it. It is an inevitable part of life that will escape no one, or no living thing. This work portrays the relationship that death has with life in a very surreal way.

The reason for my symbolism comes as a direct response to my own personal connection of loss and life. When I see a lone moth flying near me, I like to think that it is the spirit of someone who has passed on. By them reappearing as a moth, they are crossing over the barrier of life and death. The process in which my work is created displays my journey to feel as close to that barrier as possible. I even try to break that barrier, playing on the idea of what is in this world, and what is not.

My drawings are imagined sceneries which suggest to the viewer of my work that there is an unknown and mysterious world out there that we have yet to see. A glimpse into these unseen worlds can be obtained through a scope of space in which only my imagination can inhabit. My art allows the viewer to journey into this surreal and mysterious world in which only our imaginations can inhabit."