Andrea Bijou

Kirkland, WA

"Land and Sea Abstracts for Inspired Spaces"
Andrea Bijou studies the effect trauma has on the psyche. Her artwork is a juxtaposition between blooming awareness and the unconscious. There is a dualistic quality dancing in her work; a coupling of opposites showcasing human darkness and healing. She uses her creative practice as a therapeutic outlet for early childhood trauma. Andrea is an advocate for abuse survivors and is working towards her Master’s in counseling.
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"Layers and layers and layers. I manipulate the paint with water and gravity, then add more layers on top. I never know how the end result will turn out."
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"My work is very emotive and is a reflection of my own healing from childhood abuse. You will feel something when you look into each piece—that said, what you feel is dependent on your own complicated history. I create my work in my quiet moments of contemplation to capture the transient nature of my emotions. When I look at the finish results, that moment I was in feels preserved. I have been told others see it as well."
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"I was trained in oil and used to believe I needed to work in oil to be taken seriously as an artist. Now I know mediums are like careers, just because you can do it, doesn't mean you will enjoy it. I now make decisions from a place of joy verses what the establishment thinks I should do. And people purchase my art, so I have proof that people like what they see—especially when it is particularly inspiring to them. Medium doesn't matter as much."
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