Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Guzzetta.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I have a lot of feelings. For me, painting is a place of complete vulnerability. When I was younger my home life was very tense. My mom tried to help by taking me to a therapist but I was too young to express how I was feeling. I literally didn’t have the words. The only way anyone could get me to express myself was through painting. And this shaped a lot of the ways I think about art. To me, art is expression, therapy, and even, in a way, exploration. Sometimes when I’m really engrossed in a piece it feels like I’m meditating. I’m drawn in completely by the image or idea that I’m working on and everything else fades away. In those moments I feel like I get to know myself and my thoughts on whatever I’m focusing on in a way I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.
Please tell us about your art.
If you boiled down everything that I make, it’s all about love. I think that people are infinitely interesting because inside of all of our heads is an entire universe where we operate in the center. Each universe has its own wants, needs, and fears. But when two people come together, when two universes collide, people shift and change to build one singular life together. I think people all want to connect, find love, and have meaning in their lives. In my artwork, I try and explore these themes by painting objects or people who I have collided with. Generally, there is some form of abstractness in my paintings, too. I think that’s my way of joining our two universes together.
What do you think about the conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
The internet has made it easier to be an artist. Hands down. Now artists can create their own following and have direct lines to consumers. However, the downside is that there is an over-saturation of artists. Everyone wants to get paid to do the thing that they love. Artists need to make art. People don’t need to buy art. Art gets made more often than it gets sold. Because of this, it can be harder for artists, even “famous” artists, to be financially stable. The oversaturation of art makes people unaware of how much goes into a piece of artwork, both financially and time-wise. It’s hard to justify buying a $1,000 original piece of art when you can grab a canvas print from Target for $20. The best way to support local artists is to actually support local artists. Visit you neighborhood gallery. Stop by that booth at the farmer’s market. Get rid of that Target canvas print. Unless by some miracle I get my artwork into Target. Then please buy it.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can follow me on Instagram at @AndreaGuzzetta to see my artwork and updates on where it will be.
- Website: www.andreaguzzetta.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @andreaguzzetta @sundresscomic
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/a.m.guzzetta/
- Twitter: @sundresscomic
Kyle J. Mickelson