Andrea Borsuk

Andrea BorsukAndrea Borsuk is a painter whose work explores notions of journey, time and destiny. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from UC Santa Cruz. She is an Art Instructor at Cabrillo College and a Visiting Lecturer at The Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon. She is the 2010/2011 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. Her solo and group exhibition venues include: The Riverside Museum of Art, The Nevada Museum of Art, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and the Monterey Peninsula Community College Art Gallery. Her work is in numerous private collections.
I am fascinated by our cultural obsessions with the various rituals and talismans that we subscribe to for protection, good luck and safety inAndrea Borsuk our daily lives. Horseshoes, rabbit’s feet, clocks, barometers and safety devices—all are mementi mori—signs and reminders of the precarious nature of life and our need for all kinds of faith. My work aims to chart the reality that our lifetime is uncertain and random. Despite our constant desire to predict what is going to happen in the future, the only sure thing we can expect is change. The cast of characters in most of my works are usually reveling in and ultimately submitting to the journey of life—an unpredictable, whimsical, ever-changing ride. In the words of poet Frank O’Hara, “In a sense, we’re all winning, we’re alive”.

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