Artist Andrea Land shoots haunting pictures of young girls that capture the stage of magic realism during childhood. Blown out windows, generic interiors and stuffed animals often litter the floor and furniture to create the contemporary surrealism of her environmental portraits. Inspired by the Midwest landscapes where she lives she believes it is important to be aware of where and how we exist. Her work is envious of the condition of childhood when we could engage in dreaming, playing, and imagining.
What is your current state of mind?
For the moment, Iím between several different projects and places Ė exploring, playing, and investigating that which surrounds me. I believe it is vital for an artist to continuously be involved with researching, learning, questioning, making and creating work. And although photography remains my prominent medium of art, I highly enjoy working with additional mediums, such as sculpture and creating installations. I create art for myself and to share with others. While I continue working within the photographic series ĎIn my roomí, Iíve also been experimenting with various new ideas and mediums. For the past nine months, Iíve been collecting random, used stuffed animals, investigating various materials, and constructing sculptural forms.
What are you collecting?
The act of collecting itself is a curious one to me. If you were to open my refrigerator, freezer or pantry at the moment, youíd discover a community of aging fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and desserts. For the past few weeks/months, Iíve been saving, studying, and watching the deterioration (or, in the case of the processed items, lack of deterioration) of such edible objects. The above experiment Iím engaged with is the photographing of still life (highly influenced by the color photographs and videos of Laura Letinsky and Sam Taylor-Wood). Another project I just began photographing involves many of the Midwestern environments I pass on a daily basis (particularly the huge billboards of sleeping, happy children next to newly-manufactured mobile homes and tiny manufactured landscapes).