Andrea V. Uravitch is a mixed media sculptor, installation builder, and teacher. Her primary sculptural influences are found in nature — in animals, insects, fish, plants and places. Although her sculptural works are designed to stand alone as individual and complete works in themselves, they often are combined into installations intended to draw the viewer into entering and experiencing immersion in a natural environment, the interaction between humans and nature, or recalling a time, place and experience from one’s past.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she is the daughter of artists, and has spent much of her life immersed in the arts. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and its classical training, she studied a wide variety of materials and techniques, focusing finally on ceramics and, ultimately, on fiber. Today her focus is on the use of whatever materials are necessary to achieve her artistic vision. Her works often combine ceramics, fiber, and welded steel and paper to achieve the desired result. She believes her work is most successful when it provokes a reaction in people. Sometimes it’s as simple as just getting people to realize how beautiful insects really are. Bringing awareness of the link between man and his environment also is important to her.