“I find much of my inspiration in nature, investigating natural forms that are either transformed into symbolic objects or abstracted to create images.”
Andrea Spencer was born 1971 in Hertfordshire, England and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1993 with a BA (hons) in Architectural Glass.
Her portfolio takes two divergent paths: public art commissions and autonomous sculpture. Her commissioned art works specialise in innovative applications of glass for the built environment. Her small-scale sculpture and site-specific installations are concept driven, drawing from natural forms to create artworks that carry a personal narrative.
Throughout her work Spencer maintains an emphasis on the unique properties of glass, exploiting the intrinsic qualities of transparency, fragility and fluidity inherent within the material through the making process.
Andrea Spencer’s work is held in significant public and private collections and has been exhibited in galleries in the UK, USA and China. Notably, her work has been exhibited in three British Glass Biennale exhibitions (2008, 2010, 2012). Her public art commissions can been seen in many healthcare buildings throughout Northern Ireland.
Spencer has been an artist-in-residence at North Lands Creative Glass (Scotland) and has been a visiting artist at Penland School of Crafts (USA) and Pilchuck Glass School (USA). Her work has been featured in the Corning Museum of Glass’ New Glass Review (2010).
She currently maintains a studio in Ballintoy, Northern Ireland with her partner Scott Benefield.