“Mari Andrews is known for delicate, haiku-like sculptures that she has been making for the past 20 years. Her “three-dimensional drawings” combine collected natural objects like seeds, leaves, moss and stones with linear man made materials, such as metal wire. Many of the materials are found on the artist’s frequent nature walks around the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sierras. Newer investigations in her studio practice include earth elements as well as tools or instruments of measuring time, distance and direction.
Andrews’ works are often small-scale and intimate worlds onto themselves, shown individually or in large groupings. As with all of Andrews’ work, elements are simple and pared down to what is essential. With such simplicity, the viewer is able to appreciate not only the sculptural details, such as the complementary nature of contrasting materials, but also the beauty and wonder offered by nature, which we often overlook.”