Edinburgh based artist Andrea Geile studied Visual Art in Hanover, Germany, and has held artist residencies in Orkney, Germany, France and Australia. She has been working from her Scottish studio since 1996 and has realised many public and private art commissions. Her outdoor sculptures are made from Corten steel, often grouped with real plants and relating directly to the site environment. They are subtle interventions, merging into the landscape and are often only visible on closer inspection. She has received Awards from the Royal Scottish Academy and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Andrea is a Mentor for sculpture students at the Edinburgh College of Art since 2010.
Working mainly for outdoor spaces, my practice examines our relationship with the landscape around us. Through developing my visual language, using sculptural techniques and live plants, I explore how we have shaped and utilised landscapes for our political, economic and spiritual needs.
By tracing the shapes of plants and trees, cutting them into weatherproof material and finally grouping them with real plants I create constructions that play with visual perception and memory of nature. Situated mainly in outdoor spaces, the sculptures and landforms interact with their environment and the viewer. Projects like these consist of site-specific sculptures and installations for art exhibitions, private collections, show gardens and public art commissions.
The garden is a scene of fascination for me and I aim to create a contemporary version of ‘Gartenkunst’, challenging notions of historically romanticised garden art through unusual sculpture/plant projects. Organic and architectural forms merge creating symbiotic relationships between the landscape, the living environment and its architecture whether natural or inert.
The projects are often subtle interventions only visible on closer inspection and many involve landscaping work. Part of the year they might be grown over only to reemerge when the plant material dies back in the winter. Revealing familiar yet ambiguous objects in a parallel world and a sense of longing.
This work is counterbalanced by an additional direction in my practice where I develop time-based projects for artist meetings, residencies and collaborations. Meant to question and regenerate my art practice, it allows me to explore and experiment with new materials, techniques, thematic processes and engage with environmental and social issues. Resulting to date in animations, photography, casting projects and participatory community performances in Britain, France and Germany.
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