Born in 1979, Andrea Carlson grew up in Minnesota, and is an MFA graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has been the recipient of a McKnight Foundation Fellowship (2007-2008), a Blacklock Nature Sanctuary Fellowship (2007), and a Minnesota State Arts Board, Cultural Community Partnership Grant, in collaboration with the Soo Visual Arts Center (2005). Carlson was awarded Best in Show, Ojibwe Art Exhibition at Leach Lake Tribal College, Bemidji, MN (2004), and has been widely reviewed. She lectures regularly at the University of Minnesota.
Andrea Carlson's work invites the viewer into an inner world littered with objects charged with political slogans hinting at an ironic sub-text. With hybridized imagery, Carlson picks at calcified views of authenticity and cultural purity which have dominated art discourse from time immemorial, demonstrating her interests in how objects are imbued with story and how they may become surrogates for cultural exchange.
Oshki-bawaajige - New Dreaming
Star Wallowing Bull
Frank Big Bear