Mari Andrews is a sculptor and installation artist who creates poetic, three-dimensional drawings from natural and man-made objects. Representing the beauty of marginalized materials, each sculpture comes to life both independently and when unified across a wall. Representing an elemental portrait of the beauty that surrounds us, Andrews’ artworks highlight the creative possibilities intrinsic to overlooked objects.
Mari Andrews earned her BFA from the University of Dayton, Ohio, where she studied art, education, and sociology. Traveling west, she completed her MFA at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. She has been awarded an NEA Fellowship and several residencies, including the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in Woodside California and the Cold Press north of London. Her work can be found in the collections of the de Young Museum in San Francisco, San Jose Museum of Art, the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, CA, the Eli Broad Foundation, and in private and corporate collections in the US and abroad. Andrews has exhibited extensively throughout California and the US, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, the Bolinas Museum, the Los Gatos Museum, Southern Exposure in San Francisco and the Tucson Museum of Art. Internationally, she has exhibited in Japan, Israel, and England. She lives and works in Emeryville, California.