Andrea Cross Guns has been creating art since early childhood. She is also passionate about music, and writing poetry and fiction. Andrea has always been a challenger of rules and other standards. She admires the work of people who have broken out beyond restrictive barriers and changed our world for the better, as a result. Creative and artistic inspirations include Lynda Barry, Henri Matisse, and Marcel Duchamp.
Andrea was born and raised throughout the northwestern and central regions of Montana. She recently — and happily – relocated back to Helena after receiving her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Montana, Missoula. A preschool teacher at Green Arts Global Montessori, she greatly enjoys the company of small children who she believes keep her mind fresh, inspired, and playful.
With her partner Dan and his son, Zion … and her dog Joey, Andrea spends lots of time on the trail systems and in the lovely downtown area of Helena.
Andrea is represented in Helena, Montana by 1+1=1 Gallery. Her paintings and mixed media pieces will be available for viewing during regular business hours at the gallery located at 434 N. Last Chance Gulch. Please call 406.431.9931 for more information about Andrea’s work.
My current work is an exploration into imagination and the unconscious. I hope to break through structures to find what exists in places mostly untouched. I draw inspiration from patterns in nature and man made objects all around me.
While working I attempt to keep myself in a state of play so that I might freely translate the internal world. I love bright colors, high contrast, fluidity, and loose and expressive mark making juxtaposed with meticulous detail, sharp strait lines, and clean edges. Ideally, viewers will experience internal journeys while looking at my work that simultaneously invoke emotion, imagination, and discovery.
First and foremost when I create work, I want to enjoy the process so that my love of art and creativity won’t be crushed and stifled along the way. I had to rearrange my thinking quite a few times to reach the conclusion that for me, planning out an idea is less fun and the work it creates is always sub par. Instead, I treat the art-making process as a journey to be discovered along the way. I make marks and respond to them, treating each step as an entirely new moment that could take the work in any direction. Each mark is a new attempt to be truly in the moment, free from the past and the future and any ideas about the way things “should” be done.