All of the work that Andrea Downs creates is designed to foster collaboration, connections, and deeper dialogue across different segments of the diverse communities within which she lives and works.
Andrea’s artwork reflects her belief in equality and our shared responsibility to create a more just world. Relationships, connections, identity, and an openness to engage with one another are at the center of Andrea’s work. Andrea creates opportunities and shared experiences in order to foster the kinds of connections that build strong communities.
Andrea Downs is an artist who has taught art for 14 years. She works across a range of physical media such as fabric, acrylic paint, found objects, wood, paper, and more. Her most important work, in partnership with her husband, is raising her two children to believe in equality.
“Airing Out the Dirty Laundry” is a traveling exhibit about strength, unity, and resistance of oppression, injustice and exclusion. All women (including non-binary individuals) are invited to participate in this ongoing project.
Dear Beautiful, Smart, Strong Women,
You are invited to SAY IT, SEW IT, and AIR IT OUT.
“Airing Out the Dirty Laundry” is an ongoing, collaborative traveling art exhibit created by women who believe in equality and in our shared responsibility to create a more just world. It is about strength, unity and resistance of oppression, injustice and exclusion. All women who believe in this purpose are invited to participate by creating a piece of “dirty laundry.”
Dirty laundry is a visual representation of our stories. The strength, beauty, meaning and power of the collective work is created by the diversity and intersectionality reflected in these stories, which are joined together on a clothesline.
The paper or fabric that is sewn over each piece of dirty laundry flows freely and is lifted (either by a hand or the wind) to invite, encourage, and continue dialog and conversations about our experiences as women.
“Airing Out the Dirty Laundry” is about revealing untold or hidden ideas, opinions, stories and beliefs and it’s about the beauty and unity that is unveiled when these are joined together on a clothesline. It’s about valuing and protecting and emphasizing individual stories.
There is nothing “dirty” about these stories, but we have been told by people and our culture that some people do not want to hear them.
Cis Women, Trans Women, Trans-femme and Non-binary Folx are welcome to join our community and create work that will be part of this exhibit.