Andrea Bergen

Joshua Tree

48" x 108"

Hand cut paper collage on wood panel

About The Artist

For the past seven years I have been creating intricate, animal-centric collages from thousands of individually hand cut pieces of paper to express my anxiety about human driven environmental destruction. As a Bay Area native I have been a first hand witness to the changing weather patterns and natural cycles of California’s drying landscape. Through vivacious and darkly humorous scenes I attempt to digest the overwhelming reality of climate change and contend with my culpability as a consumer. The resulting landscapes are whimsical, cathartic fantasies in which the animal protagonists make mischief in the wreckage of our post-apocalyptic human society.

About The Artwork

Few locations are as dramatic as the unparalleled scenery of Joshua Tree. This piece attempts to capture the unique flora and fauna of the desert. It was a particularly detailed task as each cactus spike was individually hand cut then applied with tweezers to the piece. The view of unspoiled nature contains one hint of human interference, a cluster of balloons caught in a Joshua Tree