The human body is the touchstone of my work. My art practice runs along two parallel tracks: a solo studio-based practice and one that is collaborative and community-driven. Each series or project invents its own visual vocabulary, with imagery generated directly from my body.
Body prints radiate around mandalas, fingerprints tesselate into cosmic nets, and hair lines swirl in and around human silhouettes. These works can be intimate in scale or sprawl across walls and sheets of fabric, moving from monochromatic cyanotypes to vibrant colorful palettes. Throughout, I take my body apart and reassemble it in an aim toward integration and an elusive wholeness.
My public community projects and collaborations facilitate connection. These multi-faceted projects weave the bodies of participants in choreographies and public installations. The projects range from immersive video and sound installations in museums to live and drone-recorded dances on the beach. Streetside installations in windows of printed posters act as portals to private, shared narratives.
A re-emergence of printmaking informs fresh takes and twists on themes that run through my work – physical presence, loss, and transformation. Plates made from hair and transferred body part prints are crafted and laid on the bed. As I turn the press wheel, I am reminded of the contact between one surface and another, and the impression one leaves behind.
Andrea Cote is an interdisciplinary artist working in photography, video, printmaking, and performance. Her practice encompasses studio-based work, mixed-media installations, and public projects that involve community participation.
Based In Hampton Bays, she has exhibited her work in North and South America at venues including Islip Art Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Abrons Arts Center, The Print Center, The Moore Gallery, and PanAmerican Art Projects. Her performances have been featured at The Watermill Center, The Neuberger Museum, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Peekskill Project, Chashama, The Dumbo Arts Festival, and Photo Buenos Aires. She is the recipient of several grants including NYSCA Creative Individuals Grants in 2014 and 2018, two SOS grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a fellowship at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. She received a NYSCA Artist Support Grant with the Patchogue Arts Council for a community project for 2023.
In 2021 she presented the multidisciplinary project “Social Fabric: In the Public Square,” a collaboration with Ann Robideaux and Chris Jones at Guild Hall in East Hampton. “The Radiance Project,” supported by a residency at Southampton Arts Center, was a community-centered year-long project in 2018 for the East End of Long Island involving collective dance & printmaking with a final installation in the SAC Theater. In 2015 her temporary site-specific public project for Greenport, NY “A Port of Views,” was installed in Mitchell Park. In the summer of 2013 she presented “Eyes on Main Street,” a large-scale multimedia community public project for downtown Riverhead. In 2012 a 13-year survey, “Body of Evidence,” was presented at Dowling College.
* Photo by Benny Migliorone