Andrew Testa is an artist, writer, and educator working through prints, drawings, books, words, and installations. He has been awarded SSHRC and the Elizabeth Greenshields grants for his research, has exhibited nationally and internationally (UK and USA), and has recently published a paper on his research in the Comparative Media Arts Journal through Simon Fraser University. Testa is working towards a new body of work, funded by a VP Grenfell Campus Research Fund, to be shared at a solo exhibition at SNAP (Edmonton, AB) in 2021, and group exhibitions at Eastern Edge (St. John’s, NL) and Modern Fuel (Kingston, ON) in 2021 and 2022 respectively. Testa is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in printmaking at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and has additionally taught at Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, BC), and Algoma University (Sault Ste. Marie, ON). He completed his MFA and BFA at York University (Toronto, ON).
I think of my practice as a study with things opposed to a study of things: a collaboration and participation between the other-than-human and myself that is interested in not only the individuality of something but its ecology, how that ‘something’ can speak, exist, and influence the community of things it is a part of. Through such attempts, I hope to continue learning what it means to be okay with not ever really knowing anything wholly, but always longing to try (and to continuously fail humbly and respectfully—failing over and over, in the best sense of the word).