Andrea Guskin is a San Francisco Bay Area artist who was raised amongst the woods and college campuses of Wisconsin and Ohio. She began drawing by pillaging her father's office supply closet for fine tip pens and yellow pads, filling them with costumed figures.
After studying painting at Antioch College in Ohio, Andrea started moving toward abstraction and using diversified materials. In the early 1990’s her show “What is Intimacy?” at Antioch's Reed Gallery included sculptural pieces mounted on wood, as well as fabric, clay and works on metal. Andrea then moved to New York City and became a part of the artist community on the lower east side. She exhibited her work in non-profit spaces around the city.
After relocating to the Bay Area, Andrea began to work in tape and thread, and started exhibiting in alternative spaces and galleries, including Four Walls in San Francisco and Swarm Gallery in Oakland.
In one of her recent series, Attach Here, Andrea addresses themes related to home. Her work addresses contemporary realities such as the recent foreclosure crisis in Oakland. The pieces of tape are used like bricks, ripped apart in small pieces and re-built into the lines of broken architectural abstractions.
Her most recent work, In Knots, looks at home through a more personal and ancestral lens, incorporating vintage family images and her own photography, exploring the layers of emotional experience related to domestic life, ancestry and the fragility of existence.
Andrea manages the family programs and art studio at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. She lives in San Leandro, CA with her husband and two sons.