Artist, Curator, Facilitator
“I don't know how to love a place...”
Andrea Coltman has always felt displaced. Belonging nowhere she is a nomadic observer drawn to capturing snapshots of transitional locations through painting.
Absorbed with the notion of places and spaces of transition Coltman considers the viewable environment and how that relates to Modernism, Geometry, Edges of Portraiture, Landscapes, Architecture, Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism. Her works question places of constant transformation drawing on her own movements, and journeys that intersect with passageways. There are connections yet there is disconnect revealing a state of flux, the crossing of physical and metaphorical boundaries, discovering places of transformation whilst moving between material, physical and emotional states.
Pigments are applied, reimagined situations and objects are then interrupted and decontextualized by the addition of minimal bright colours combining figuration and abstraction. Using mixed media, Andrea responds to the passer-by, the environment, linear forms, factual newspaper headlines,
re-imagined captions as well as images from the tabloids. She edits, re-edits, duplicates, interprets and re-interprets the literal context. Repetition is thematic alluding to the cyclical nature of her daily life. Precision is implied, imperfections arise and unexpected narratives unravel with dystopian overtones.
The fluorescent marks reference hi-visibilty; these can disrupt the viewer’s visual perception. They allude to the visibility of the subject, artist and viewer. They are all highly evident, drawn together through chance, yet often completely unaware of many aspects of their connections.
Andrea reflects psychologically to the everyday overlooked instant, environment or object. She is drawn to the ephemeral, the split second, a passage through a place or location. Coltman is a rootless wonderer, a 21st Century Flâneuse.
Andrea is based in London and Kent. She graduated with an MFA from University of the Arts, London.