BACKSTORY: Andrea Steorts
When I first contacted Andrea Steorts for a story on local Kickstarter campaigns, she was approximately $1000 away from her $6000 goal. By the time we met in person a few days later, she was $765 over and was giddy with the anticipation of what would be next in her life. Meeting her Kickstarter goal meant she would be able to show her work at a gallery in New York. But first, she’d have to make good on all her rewards for those who helped the campaign ($1000); she’d have to purchase supplies, canvas, and frames for new work ($500), and she’d have to pay a $3800 marketing fee to the gallery. And then there’s are the costs of shipping her work to New York and getting there herself.
Andrea’s campaign led to potential opportunities, some of which turned out (she was asked to create album art for Clive Bayley, former member of that old band, Yes), and some of which didn’t (she’s been invited to four international art shows but doesn’t have the funds required to ship her work).
It’s pretty clear why they call it Kickstarter. It’s a start, a stepping stone, not the end of the road.
“It was a force that pushed me along,” Andrea says of Kickstarter. “It was gratifying to send out all the gifts. But that was jut the beginning.”
Below are some newer works. The first two are from a series she calls Lost in Transition but which reads Lost in Translation on her website (a mistake that she couldn’t bring herself to point out to the kind people who gifted her with the site). Each of the four in the series comes with a companion painting (not pictured) based on the painting within each painting.
I caught up with Andrea while she was in the first stages of a new painting, this one in acrylic. She talked to me about why she’s not working in oil this time around and why this one’s not a white girl.
And this last one is the painting she refers to in the above video. It’s hanging on the wall in her family room.
Andrea’s show at Agora Gallery in Chelsea runs June 28 through July 19, 2013. The reception will be held July 11.