Press Release: January 11, 2016
Media Contact: Rob Levin,, 207-664-3702
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Art Book Series Features COA Film Professor Nancy Andrews

COA film professor Nancy Andrews is highlighted in a new series of monographs featuring artists “who offer new perspectives on the social, cultural, environmental, and scientific controversies of our time.”

“What It Means To Be Human” (The Arts Company Inc./Artists in Context, 2016) covers the creative output of Andrews, Wendy Jacob, and Natalie Jeremijenko, three artists whose work “creates an opportunity to think about who we are as humans and how we operate, living complicated lives in a time of impending, monumental change,” according to the series’ introductory essay, written by Louisa McCall.

Each of the three books in the series, McCall writes, helps the reader to consider how to move forward on a planet in peril, and to think about “our ever-evolving relationship to science, nature, and each other.”

“Empathy Machine,” the monograph of Andrew’s work, contains art and film stills from her short film “On a Phantom Limb,” a collection of drawings entitled “Delirious,” and a book, “Loupette and the Moon.” Much of the work is based on the artist’s experiences with acute illness and intensive care, where she experienced hallucinations, terrors, and post-traumatic stress. The work has reached a wide audience, from the film department of the Museum of Modern Art to clinicians studying ICU-induced delirium and other aspects of critical care.

In his introductory essay, “The Singular Science of Nancy Andrews,” Walter M. Robinson, M.D., M.P.H. says that Andrews “reconfigures the world so that we can see it more clearly.” Andrews’ work, he says, is akin to that of a scientist, transmuting her personal experience to reach the truth about the subjects she addresses.

“Andrews is here, and thank goodness she is, to tell us that our idiosyncratic experiences can transcend the accusation of illogic and madness. What could be more scientific than to present this work for testing against the experience of the viewer?” Robinson writes. “Andrews’ work is a triumph of singular science, a research project to find out what is really happening to the person who becomes a patient. We could all pay attention to her findings.”

College of the Atlantic was the first college in the U.S. to focus on the relationship between humans and the environment. In 2016, both The Princeton Review and the Sierra Club named College of the Atlantic the #1 Green College in the United States. The intentionally small school of 350 students and 35 faculty members offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in human ecology – the study of how humans interact with our natural, social and technological environments. Each student develops their own course of study in human ecology, collaborating and innovating across multiple disciplines.

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