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Art & DesignAndrea Zittel

January 16, 2015

From her studio in Joshua Tree, California, Andrea Zittel discusses her approach to design. “Every space that I’ve lived in I’ve turned into an art project,” she says. “And I think that everything in [my] house has really evolved with my life.”

Zittel’s property in Joshua Tree is a site of experimentation, where she questions the distinction between the art and design disciplines by constantly renovating her interior space, and creating utilitarian yet conceptually significant objects.

“I think that the ambiguity of how things are meant to be used is deliberate,” says Zittel, whose Aggregated Stacks (2010) and different weavings can serve everyday functions while also reflecting modernist concerns.

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Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producers: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Ian Forster. Camera: Zach Voytas. Sound: Ian Forster. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Andrea Zittel. Special Thanks: Grant Earl Lavalley, Jennifer Morris, and Vanesa Zendejas. Theme Music: Peter Foley.

Art21 Exclusive is supported, in part, by 21c Museum Hotel, and by individual contributors.

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Andrea Zittel

Andrea Zittel transforms everything necessary for life—such as eating, sleeping, bathing, and socializing—into artful experiments in living. Zittel’s A-Z West, a thirty-five acre residential and studio complex in the California high desert, is a testing ground for the artist’s innovative sculptures, installations, and design projects.

“Every space that I’ve lived in I’ve turned into an art project.”

Andrea Zittel


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