I came across Mari Andrews while looking at another blog. More so than anything I was fascinated with her studio space and her habit of collecting....
Mari Andrews work has evolved out of years of drawing and obsessive collecting. Although drawing is now no longer her main focus, there is still a strong drawing element in her sculptures. She uses linear materials, such as wire and branches to mimic hand-drawn lines in her sculptures.
Andrews combines both man made and natural materials bringing her three-dimensional sculpture together to create primitive, but elegant works.
Structures of all kinds from cellular and mineral to plant and skeletal inspire Andrews work. Andrews states that, "Various temporal and delicate objects I elect to work with often mirror our human sensitivities and vulnerabilities."
For the most part these three-dimensional drawings are presented on the wall. They are made as singular pieces and often come together in larger wall installations.
Her work and studio space make you see overlooked objects in a newly intimate way. Her studio is like stepping into an old-world apothecary's shop, where rows upon rows of small glass jars are filled with specimens gathered on her hikes.
Occupy, 2007, steel, sponge, wire, 10 x 8 x 1” and Volcanic, 2007 paper, wire 29 x 23 x 7 in
|Podpocket, 2012 lead, lotus pod 8 x 6-1/4 x 2”|