Andrea Roe is an artist whose work examines the nature of human and animal biology, behaviour, communication and interaction within specific ecological contexts. She has undertaken residencies in a number of institutions - ranging from the Wellcome Trust to the Crichton Royal Hospital, to the National Museums of Scotland - where she has learned about and responded to research projects and collections.
Her current research explores how visual art might add its voice to debates around complex cultural traditions which impact on the lives of other species. This research brings her into conversation with scientists at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Scotland’s Rural College and the Roslin Institute who share her interests in representing animal sentience and telling animal life stories from a non-human perspective.
Outputs include the publication Things Unspoken in which Andrea’s work is placed in dialogue with that of writers who share her interest in human and animal interaction, the ambiguity of wild and domestic states and in collecting and conservation. This publication continues the artist’s research into contemporary animal studies. More specifically it is informed by an exploration of the state or idea of wildness- of how this might be considered and communicated through the visual.
Andrea is on the advisory board for Antennae: the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, and is on the steering group of Beelines, a research project investigating the anthropology of bees and beekeeping.