2015 Tamarind Institute, Foodies Limited Edition Lithography Project, Public Art Program, Albuquerque, NM
September 3, 2010 Santa Barbara, CA
Round and Round
By ADRIANA MCELWAIN / CASA
ASSEMBLING A VISUAL JOURNAL
by recording thoughts and life experiences with each stroke of her brush, Andrea Sanchez
has catalogued her pursuit of truth and meaning. Round and Round, a show of Sanchez’s recent works, is on display at CASA Magazine through September.
“This collection of paintings tells stories in my own personal language,” Sanchez explained. “It’s a way of journaling on canvas that allows me to express what I am experiencing.”
The exhibition includes 26 abstract and representational works that focus on the “Circles of Life,” a central idea to the artist’s work that suggests life’s “circles” offer pathways for self- exploration. The works include several depictions of religious, folkloric, and indigenous iconography. “Religious themes and ancient art work speak to me,” Sanchez shared.
“Although we may all be sitting on different branches, we are all from the same root and ultimately seek truth and meaning in life.”
With an innate gift for drawing, Sanchez can not remember when she began making art. So long ago, she can only say that it has always been a part of her life.
Raised in Los Lunas, New Mexico, her father was an artist and worked with punched tin, an art form native to Mexico and popular in the Southwest. This influence has made it into some of her work and is evident in For the Love of God, which features decorative edges painted to look like punched tin.
Sanchez will often purchase painted canvases from second hand stores and paint her own work over them, incorporating elements of the existing painting into her work.
“I would like the viewer to see my work and learn something about their own life that affects them in a positive way,” she explained. “I love to hear what people have to say about my work. It’s when I learn the most about myself.”
Sanchez looks forward to the exhibition and the opportunity to share her work with new people and gain new insights. “If I didn’t paint I wouldn’t be the same person,” she noted. “It keeps me healthy and balanced-musicans must play, dancers must dance, and painters must paint!”
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PHOENIX CONTEMPORARY ART FORUM 2004
Andrea Sanchez wins the 2004 Scult Studio Art Scholarship.
"Sanchez's talent evidences itself in the traditional style she employs while creating contemporary landscape watercolors and drawings. Yet, beyond the placid renderings of our bountiful earth, we see glimpses of an artist growing and evolving in directions difficult to predict. Her drawing of a solitary tree reveals reverence for the natural world, but may contain more darkly colored references to its impermanence and such other thoughts as suggested by O'Keefe in her cottonwood trees or by Charles Burchfield in his haunting renditions of more ominous forest guardians. Work submitted by Sanchez included a drawing both dark and light, seemingly referencing a mythic Aztecan underworld replete with lost souls and a source of spiritual potential. Yet, her very next submission depicted a contemporary female member of our culture accessorized with necessary items-- including a pistol.
Sanchez remembers a life-long passion for drawing. She remembers the first time she painted in kindergarten, being amazed by the way paints mixed with each other to create colors she had never seen in her box of crayons. To this day, she cannot imagine living without painting for, in her mind, she has always been an artist.
Andrea Sanchez grew up in Los Lunas, New Mexico and graduated as her High School's Valedictorian. She previously attended the University of New Mexico and transferred to ASU last Fall. She will graduate next Spring and plans to go on to graduate school."