“Using linear materials, I divide existing spaces, blocking areas and creating new places to enter. I am interested in the reaction and response of the individual when they are confronted with change, presented with the unexpected, when they encounter something that shifts how they perceive their environment.” – Andi Steele
Andi Steele’s sculpture career began with a BFA in graphic design from the University of South Carolina (1994). The discovery of papermaking during her last year at USC led her to Penland School of Crafts, where she studied blacksmithing and papermaking. She lived and worked at Penland for six years, two as part of the Core Student Fellowship Program (98-99). At Penland, Andi developed an appreciation for craftsmanship and making by hand; an understanding she applied to her MFA studies in sculpture at the University of Georgia (2004).
At UGA, Andi shifted her focus from making figure-based objects to creating environments where the viewer became the active figure. This concept, combined with investigation of new materials, in particular monofilament, has evolved into her current series of work. Believing in the importance of craftsmanship and touching the work, she designs, fabricates, and travels to install all of her site-specific installations and large-scale sculptures, which she exhibits nationally.