I enjoy using pill bottles and Saphis casings as frames for my mixed media oil paintings. Stockpiling and creating from the detritus of my illness makes me feel as if I am doing something positive and healing. In so openly declaring my illness in visual art, owning it, I feel I am working towards destigmatization. These three paintings were created in the same series of recent work.
Bikini Rooftop, oils, collage, mixed media, jewelry, sapphires casings, 2014
Saphris Faerie, oils, collage, sharpie, mixed media, Saphris casings, 2014
Three Ladies, oils, mixed media, collage, nail polish, pill bottles, makeup boxes, 2014
Andrea Lambert is the author of Jet Set Desolate (Future Fiction London, 2009) Lorazepam & the Valley of Skin: Extrapolations on Los Angeles (valeveil, 2009) and the chapbook G(u)ilt (Lost Angelene, 2011). She has an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BA from Reed College. Her work has appeared in HTMLGIANT, 3:AM Magazine, Off The Rocks, Queer Mental Health, and Entropy. She is a visual and performance artist. She is working on an autobiographical fantasy about punk Portland called Scaffolding and a memoir called Diary of a Hollywood Hedgewitch.