Artist Voice/Artist Choice is a program where Minnesota artists use ArtsConnectEd.org to connect their own work with the collections and resources of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center.
My interest in objects relates to their stories and how objects are used as surrogates for cultural exchange. The objects and texts represented in my work are displayed hovering like holy icons, centered on the page. As these objects float above the seashore, the shore rises up, itself fluid, all-consuming and assimilating as the earth takes back and buries it's histories.
By citing pieces from the museum's collection in my artwork, I appropriate those objects by drawing them into imagined landscapes. The museum is a landscape in it's own right, fostering and assimilating objects foreign to itself. The idea of cannibalism, or cultural cannibalism, is referenced in my work as a metaphor for the assimilation and consumption of cultural identity.
Andrea Carlson (b. 1979) lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2003 she earned a BA from the University of Minnesota and an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2005. She has gained support through fellowships including the Minnesota State Arts Board (2006) and McKnight Artists Fellowship (2007-08) and exhibits widely. Carlson's work is represented by Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis.