August 22 – September 26, 2013
"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
Steele's sculpture career began with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of South Carolina in 1994. The discovery of papermaking during her last year at USC led her to Penland School of Crafts, NC, where she studied blacksmithing and papermaking. She lived and worked at Penland for six years, two as part of the Core Student Fellowship Program (1998-1999). At Penland, Steele developed an appreciation for craftsmanship and handmade art; an understanding she applied to her M.F.A. Studies in Sculpture at the University of Georgia in 2004.
At UGA, Steele 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 and fabricates, Steele travels to install all of her site-specific installations and large-scale sculptures, which she exhibits nationally.
Andi Steele: Invisible Confrontation
Reception: September 26, 2013, 5 p.m., Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall lobby
Artist Lecture: September 26, 2013, 6:30 p.m., DeMeester Recital Hall
Andi Steele is a site-specific installation artist. Her work is designed to interfere with space, shifting movement through and perception of a particular area. She attaches multiple lines across existing spaces to alter function and appearance. In her most recent works, she has been constructing volumetric forms that guide the viewer through the spaces and, in some instances, create new areas to enter.
Steele has exhibited nationally, most notably at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta. Recent exhibitions include: Canted, Burroughs Wellcome Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 2011 (solo); Place, Cultural Arts Building Art Gallery, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, 2011 (solo); Focus, ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, Michigan (2011). In 2012, she installed solo exhibitions at the City Gallery at Chastain in Atlanta, GA, and at the Cameron Museum of Art in Wilmington, NC.
Steele lives in Wilmington, NC, where she is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.