Andrew Shewman is recognized for his constructions made from bamboo and paper. He is interested in bamboo as a sustainable material in the family of grasses with a rich cultural and aesthetic history. In his hands, the traditional methods of splitting, bending and binding form sculptures that reflect his curiosity of human encounter with the natural world. In his career over twenty major installations have been commissioned for hospitals, hotels and commercial buildings around the world. Some of which are in Wellspan Surgical Hospital, York, PA; Caribbean Cruise Lines, Wichita, KS; Symphony of Wings, Guam; and Swedish Hospital, Seattle, WA.
Artist’s Statement: Non-human creatures captivate me–the beauty of their perfect adaptation to the environment, thus their inseparability from the natural world. I am fascinated by the human encounter with the spiritual world, archetypes throughout all cultures, and how we as humans reason our existence in the world. Of these things my artwork has become its own personal search and diversion between reality and myth.