Andrea Bergen

Vacation Wasteland - BEAR

48" x 36"

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

This desert triptych was inspired by the vibrant and eccentric community of the Salton Sea. Despite the desolation and heat, the animals play in the debris left behind by humans. This collage is filled with recognizable consumer products, I love to see how accurately I can represent them with paper.