Andrea Wan, a Hong Kong-born artist based in Berlin, eloquently conveys both inner dialogue and a sense of exploration in her work. Whether it’s ink and gouache paintings or murals on walls across the world, her work is marked by a mix of human bodies, disparate objects, roadways, and other structures that lead in and out of the psyche. Wan was last mentioned on Hi-Fructose.com here.
Andrea Wan contemplates the idea of fading youth and imminent mortality in her new series of ink and gouache paintings. Her solo show "Fleeting Seasons" is currently on view at BC Gallery in her home base of Berlin. The paintings in "Fleeting Seasons" feature hybridized figures — girls as islands whose bodies combine with nature and architecture. Each head and torso serves as a home to a host of strange, mysterious characters that appear to beckon the central, youthful protagonist into a world beyond. Anthropomorphic skeletons and loose eyeballs hint at life beyond the grave while jubilant butterflies and plants pull her back to the earthly kingdom. "Fleeting Seasons" is on view through February 28.
Born in Hong Kong, raised in Vancouver, educated in Denmark, and currently residing in Berlin – Andrea Wan is an artist with a diverse and culturally rich background to draw upon. Inspired by her relationships with the various people and places she has encountered throughout her journeys, Wan’s illustrations and ink paintings seek to communicate narratives that seem influenced by folktales and children’s stories. Indeed, the surrealistic and whimsical scenes that Wan creates could be illustrations straight out of a trippy children’s book, à la Dr. Seuss, Lewis Carroll or Shel Siverstein.