Andrea Sisson is an interdisciplinary artist working in installation, imagery, performance, writing, video/film, sound, and conceptualist art. She is a J. WILLIAM FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR GRANT recipient and her collaborative work has been shown at São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound & Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Sisson is based in Los Angeles, and is currently between Baltimore for a low-residency Studio Arts program during the summers.
Sisson is a conceptual artist. She is currently working on installation and experimental spaces, a bi-monthly public-access show, several essay pieces, and is in the development of two performances. Her work is anthropological and philosophical, using concept and research with an attempt at creating a poetics of the 21st century. She is often found engaging in cultural theorizing and looks to create cultural collage with her work.
Quoting artist Martin Kersels with her use of medium:
“I’m not a photographer. I’m an artist who uses photography when the idea dictates. And I think that’s okay because I’m also a performance artist who makes objects, or I’m an object-maker who does performances. I think these labels are less important than the ability to go in the directions I’d like for each work.”
– Martin Kersels in conversation with Ian Berry, Associate Director, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College
Andrea began her career with a BA in Design in which she created sculptural and wearable objects using wood, strings, and fibers. In 2009 she was awarded a CFDA Honorable Mention for her 2009/2010 conceptual portfolio and in 2010 after acclaim for her wearable-instrument, audio-design thesis & installation performance (an exhibition and performance of her wearable instrumental sculptures at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati) she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for academia and art. The project involved four wearable and functional sculptures, creating a moving sound performance. With the fellowship, Andrea lived in Reykjavik, Iceland and created the experimental, feature-length, poetic documentary, I Send You This Place. The film is a hybrid and research-based, fiction/non-fiction film that Sisson wrote and performs, and with collaborator co-created the imagery, music, and soundscapes. The film involves themes around the diagnosis of mental illness & acceptance of eccentricities and was made with collaborator Pete Ohs. It garnered a New York Times Review, and Andrea was selected for Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film 2013.
Additionally, Sisson recently collaborated (co-directed, designed, and produced) a on a feature-length film, Everything Beautiful is Far Away starring Julia Garner & Joseph Cross and premiering June 2017 at the Los Angeles Film Festival (acquired by The Orchard for digital distribution Dec 2017).