Marked explores the current work of Bay Area artist and educator Andrea Nicolette Gonzales. Andrea paints on the human body and then photographs the performance. Along with painting models she also paints herself in various performances that are documented through photography. In the piece “Currency” the artist paints herself to reflect a coin to question gender and racial equality on various currencies she carried in her coin bag during her summer travels. The dialogue of whiteness, white guilt and forced assimilation are themes addressed in this body of work.
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About Andrea Nicolette Gonzales
Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Andrea Nicolette Gonzales now lives and works in San Francisco, California. After completing her bachelors degree from Texas Wesleyan University she worked as a make-up artist and was asked to face paint for a Dia De Los Muertos event; which led to her fascinating and exploration of the three-dimensional surface of the face and body. In 2014 she moved to San Francisco to attend San Francisco Art Institute from which she received a scholarship to and graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts degree in 2016. While in graduate school she was awarded the Murphy and Cadogan art award while being named one of the top emerging artists in the Bay area. Shortly after graduating in 2016, Andrea began teaching art and photography for San Francisco Unified School District. In the past two years she has completed two art residencies; a studio fellowship residency at SFAI and a residency at BUBEC in Prague. Following her stint in Prague, Andrea went to Austria and competed at the World Body Painting Festival in the installation art category in which she placed 2nd the the world.
About the Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. Submission Guidelines can be found here. To purchase work on display or for more information email [email protected]. You can visit The Ramp Gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.
Image courtesy of Andrea Gonzales