Through painting and drawing, Andrea Carlson (b. 1979, Grand Portage Ojibwe) brings visibility to Native spaces and histories while examining the legacy of colonial suppression and erasure of Indigenous cultures. Alongside her multidisciplinary projects, she creates highly intricate, graphic works on paper that take the form of imaginative land and seascapes overlaid with a range of motifs—some drawn from her Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) ancestral home, and others from effigy mounds, petroglyphs, museum objects, Modern art, and cannibal exploitation films.
In recent prints and mural-size compositions, the artist's abstracted images coalesce into expansive, disorienting panoramas that suggest futuristic and, at times, apocalyptic worlds. Through a unique fusion of symbolism and storytelling, Carlson's work reclaims narratives around Westernization and Indigenous experience in North America.
Carlson’s work will be featured on the facade of 95 Horatio Street, across from the Whitney and the High Line, as part of a series of public art installations organized by the Museum in partnership with TF Cornerstone and High Line Art.
Andrea Carlson is organized by Melinda Lang, senior curatorial assistant.
Andrea Carlson is part of Outside the Box programming, which receives generous support from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation.