Andrea Ferrigno was born in Des Moines and currently splits her time between Illinois and Paris. Her work has emerged from a curiosity about the workings of nature. As she has studied the natural world, she’s studied geometry and other systems informed by natural physical science. Her pieces reflect that. They are geometric, bold, inspired by nature (specifically the landscapes of the Midwest), with an incredible use of color.
Artist Q&A: Andrea Ferrigno
Where are you from?
I am originally from Des Moines, IA. Currently, my primary home is in Galesburg, IL, and I also live and work part-time in Paris.
How did you get your start as an artist?
Creating, working with my hands has always been a part of who I am. After high school, I decided to pursue art seriously, attending the Kansas City Art Institute, then onto the University of Iowa for my MFA.
What are your favorite sources of inspiration?
I have a vast array of interests and sources of inspiration; at the core is my love of nature, music, and architecture. I am also greatly influenced by art history.
What is something that is important to you?
Thinking critically, feeling deeply, and continuously pushing myself outside my comfort zone. This applies to my approach to my art and life in general.
Something others might not know about you?
I was the head of restoration and conservation of a 50ft fin whale skeleton which is now on display at Knox College where I teach.
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