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What Matters Most Is In This Room

Andie Bottrell

What Matters Most Is In This Room

As a reference photo, I used a portrait of a family I took during the first few months of Covid when I was offering "Porch Portraits" as a way to capture families and individuals living through this strange time. I took this photo of a family through the glass in their front door. I loved the way the parents were lost in each other's embrace and the kids were excited to have an audience. I think this last year, our collective priorities have shifted--our loved ones becoming even more important, taking care of ourselves and each other becoming priority one. This last year was marked by loss--by loss of loved ones, loss of jobs, loss of financial security, loss of social life, loss of major events and celebrations in the traditional way. I wanted to represent that loss--one of the parents in this embrace is blacked out with a galaxy of stars inside to represent the losses we experienced. In the calendar to the right, a happy couple (actually myself and my fiancé) are shown showing off an engagement ring…on the calendar itself is written in various events: wedding, funeral, birthday, no school, dentist, doctor… to include all the ways this last year made us change our approach, postpone, or cancel every event that peppers our daily lives. In the far right, you'll see the edge of a piano, on top of which sits an iPhone... an homage to the ways the arts carried us through this time (by indulging in music, learning a new hobby, watching a TV show, reading a book), and the way technology kept us tethered together while far apart.

What Matters Most Is In This Room by Andie Bottrell Andie Bottrell

Andie Bottrell

Springfield, MO

Andie Bottrell began creating art at an early age thanks to her mother, noted portrait artist Audrey Bottrell. At 17, Andie spent a year in Gorizia, Italy studying art in various mediums from abstracts to sculptures to mosaics. In the years since, Andie has continued to experiment in different mediums and techniques. In 2018, Andie launched her own creative design firm, Designing Indie, where she provides photography, illustration, and graphic design services for individuals, families, and businesses.