CSA Artist Spotlight: Andie Freeman

Introducing the Artspace CSA, a new way to buy local and support artists. Eight Artspace member artists were selected to participate in our first CSA. Each will produce a series of 50 works of art; the resulting 50 shares of the CSA contain one work of art from each artist. Find out more about each of the participating CSA artists in this series.

FreemanPortrait

How long have you been an Artspace member? About two months. I actually joined about two days before applying to this program. I’m really excited to learn more about Artspace.

How and when did you become an artist? I graduated from College of Charleston and I went to graphic design school after that. I’ve been painting since college, but I took an extended break while I was a graphic designer. I’ve been back at it full time for about four years. I did a lot of children’s paintings for online merchants while my kids were younger.

Tell us a little bit about your process. I started working on panels – before that I was really a canvas artist. The canvas I use is a little sticky so it takes 7 days to dry. I always cover my canvas in undercoat, and I love to use burnt sienna because of the warmth. I’m very into texture and movement. I like areas of really tight realism and a lot more abstraction in the background – I like to push extremes. I have my items hanging between two trees in my backyard and I take a lot of photos of that set up.

FreemanPainting

What can shareholders expect from your contribution to the CSA? This series is really personal. A lot of the items are natural items but I am also adding a lot of personal items. My mom passed in March and a lot of the things I am adding in are mementos from my kids or from my parents. Each piece will be completely different – even if they are from the same set of objects and they have some similarities, they will be different.

What does being a part of the CSA mean to you? I’m so excited to do it. I listen to a lot of podcasts that are art gurus and I heard about a CSA in Denver. At the time I remember thinking “this is a really intriguing idea.” When I saw that Artspace was doing a CSA, I realized that this was the sign that I needed to go for it.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? I think it will be neat to connect with people I haven’t connected with yet. I’d like to start meeting people who are really looking for art.

Tell us something about yourself that people may be surprised to know. I love swing music. I am determined I am going to listen to it while I’m working on this entire series. I’ve been listening to Squirrel Nut Zippers on Pandora. My husband and I knew each other since we were 15 but we didn’t start dating until after college.

About Brett Morris

Brett is the Programs Assistant at Artspace, Inc. He graduated from NC State University in 2013 with a BA in Art + Design and has years of experience in helping to run a summer arts program, having been a counselor and a coordinator at the Design Camp at CAM Raleigh and NCSU. He is also a skilled photographer, graphic designer, screen printer, and has organized and installed exhibitions.

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