Statement of Purpose

 “An artist’s words are always to be taken cautiously. The finished work is often a stranger to, and sometimes very much at odds with what the artist felt, or wished to express when he began. At best the artist does what he can rather than what he wants to do. After the battle is over and the damage faced up to, the result may be surprisingly dull—but sometimes it is surprisingly interesting. The mountain brought forth a mouse, but the bee will create a miracle of beauty and order. Asked to enlighten us on their creative process, both would be embarrassed, and probably uninterested. The artist who discusses the so-called meaning of his work is usually describing a literary side-issue. The core of his original impulse is to be found, if at all, in the work itself.”

–Louise Bourgeois

 

I’m a sculptor living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Quito, Ecuador and raised over both North and South America, my understanding of the influence of place on the psyche plays a huge role in the way I make artwork.

My formal education is in Society & Environment, focused on international environmental policy and environmental science. This, too, has helped shape my interest in the ways that the physical world influences the outlook of the people in it.

I believe that the physical objects that share the spaces we live in influence our lives as surely as the gravity of the moon gently tugs at the distant ocean. Even the most familiar things around us carry the peculiarity of the unknown within them if we care to look. All things, spaces, and creatures are interconnected in myriad ways.

The act of persistent observation can bring, slowly, surprising insights from even the most intimately familiar corners of our personal world.

My work plays with the almost paradoxical effects of the intensive repetition of objects and shapes within a larger form. The resulting work is both simplified in form but also increasingly complex and textured, compared to its original components, both in form and substance. I’m also drawn to partial apertures and the way that partially unraveling or opening up an otherwise solid form shows just how much of the solidness and weight of the world lies in the thinness of the skin.

Being so tied to the world we live in, everything that the hand or mind touches bears the mark of its contact and becomes a partial reflection of ourselves. Every interaction we have with the outer world holds a kind of psychic mirror to our inner selves.

I revel in the subtle tension between the individual and the world they inhabit, each influencing the other in myriad ways. My artwork is a series of attempts to explore the ramifications of this question.

 

Born in Quito, Ecuador and raised over both North and South America, Andrew Miguel Fuller currently resides on the razor-thin border between Emeryville and West Oakland in the San Francisco Bay Area. Holding a degree from the University of California at Berkeley in International Environmental Policy, his artwork often teases at questions of interdependence and at humanity’s place on this planet.