Through art and activism I am dedicated to climate justice. I have recorded Gwich’in women in the arctic circle fight against oil drilling; I was arrested for tree-sitting in an old grove forest, trying to save one of Los Angeles County’s last urban wilderness areas; and I travelled to North Dakota to help defend the Standing Rock Sioux’s right to clean water. We must build alliances through healing, collaboration, and solidarity to protect our planet for future generations.
Los Angeles multimedia artist Andrea Bowers’ work explores the intersection between activism and art. Her main focus is the necessity of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience in the lives of women. Andrea’s recent work investigates the continued exploitation of the poor and working class. Her intricate photorealist drawings, large-scale graphic works, videos and ephemera pay homage to a multitude of movements and causes particularly feminism, climate justice, immigrant rights and workers’ rights. Bowers received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1992. Bowers is represented by Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Andrew Kreps in New York, NY, Capitain Petzel in Berlin, and Kauffman Repetto in Milan. She is a proud member of the SEIU local 721 and currently a member of the Bargaining Committee for the Otis College of Art and Design Part-time Faculty Union. She has been teaching in the Otis Graduate Public Practice Program since 2007.