Romanian-born artist Adela Andea has created a unique approach that enables her to generate a dialogue regarding the interaction of trending technologies and people through her art. She is also fond of exploring socio-political issues that are brought about through the dynamic and quick processes of industrialization and globalization that are characteristic of this contemporary age that we live in today. Through her muddled light installations that are designed to take over entire gallery and museum spaces, Andea uses her talent to highlight how electronics rule the world today.
Blurring the line between fantasy & reality
Using only industrial electronics, plastics, lights and an array of other commercially produced objects, Andea develops futuristic ecosystems that straddle the line between organic biological life forms and glowing technological creations. Though she has no training as an engineer, she relies heavily on her technical expertise to transform her strange ideas into masterpieces. The objective of each installation is to blur the line between fantasy and reality so that the two can meet.
The creation process
Andea like many artists today constructs her sculptures from synthetic materials that are engineered to emit both light and color. Not only does this allow her to save money in the long run, but it also creates the perfect opportunity to alleviate today’s inefficient utilization of resources. Though fashioned to take various shapes and forms, all of Andea’s creations capture and interpret serious issues that society is facing in a fun and enlightened manner. The artist’s art education, which she acquired from the University of North Texas and the University of Houston also shape her light inspired art installations.
Material & light
Most of the electronics that she uses and the additional plastic materials are collected and stored in her studio before they can be used as raw materials. She utilizes direct and indirect light, direct which comes from light elements and associated technology and indirect which arises from the manipulation of the perception of light, to radiate her installations. To make her installations high quality and durable, Andea also has some components manufactured in China so that they can fit her exact specifications.
When visitors step into one of her installations, the large-scale environment is designed to immerse the viewers and captivate them through overstimulation by light. When viewers step in and walk through, they become temporarily embedded in the artwork, managing to experience it from the interior and exterior. This, of course, challenges the notion of a fixed perspective because the interactive aspects surround the attendee at all times.
Chromatic Fields, 2018
Eukaryotic Cells, 2018
Lux Aeterna, 2017
Glacial Parallax, 2017
Primordial Garden, 2016
Inner Sanctum, 2016
2014 at The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas
Primordial Garden, 2013
Impervious Geometry, 2013
2011 at the MAC, Dallas, Texas
All images by Adela Andea/adelaandea.com unless otherwise noted.