Andrew Pawlan

Art that makes you smile

For several years I have been encrusting objects with glass seed beads. These works invite the viewer to rethink their attitudes and values. In my travels I have been drawn to native America, Haitian, and African beaded things. The glitter of tiny glass beads and the complexity of paterns dazzles the eye. To avoid mimicking these cultures I create my own by combining historical and cultural designs and symbols. Irony and whimsy dominate my art calling attention to universal and timely issues: dichotomies of inner verses outer meanings, facade verses core, childish ideas verses adult attitudes.

The objects are chosen for their symbolism as well as sculptural interest. The undulating surface made up of irridescent beads accentuates the play of light and draws one in. The dots much like pointalism and digitalism infuses each piece with the timelessness and richness one finds in tapestries and mosiacs. The color relationships, paterns, and symbols drive home the meaning

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