Transformative collage processes reconstruct experiences and objects through the lens of memory, emotion and imagination in my works on paper and sculptural objects. Integrating painted and handmade paper with found and collected books, magazines, posters and other printed matter, I explore worthlessness and potential, finding meaning in what has been overlooked. Through continually adding and removing layers of materials—repeatedly deconstructing and reassembling, destroying and transforming—I create a process analogous to natural cycles of creation, decay and rebirth. The resulting works bear the markings of their visceral transformations and make visually manifest the passage of time.
Andrea Burgay is a visual artist from Syracuse, NY, currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her work combines collage, sculpture and found materials to elevate the overlooked and the mundane via transformative physical processes. Through a process of adding and removing layers of handmade and collected materials she presents a physical manifestation of the passage of time, destruction and decay, with a sense of potential renewal.
Her national and international exhibitions include: Unimedia Modern Contemporary Art (Genoa, Italy), Galerie Zurcher (Paris, France), and Retroavangarda Gallery (Warsaw, Poland). Exhibitions in the US include Denise Bibro Gallery (NY), BRIC Gallery (NY), and Concord Art Visual Arts Center (MA). Her awards and residencies, include The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE, The Eileen S Kaminsky Family Foundation at MANA Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ, The Jentel Artist Residency Program in Banner, Wyoming and a fellowship and solo exhibition at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn. Her recent solo exhibition Mining the Ruins: The Library was shown at Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO.
She is also founder and editor of Cut Me Up, a participatory collage magazine and curatorial project. Each issue presents a curated selection of original mixed-media artworks, intended for readers to deconstruct, and transform into new artworks.