Andy Messerschmidt (1976, Illinois/USA) currently lives and works in Ely, Minnesota at the conflux of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the rim of the Canadian Shield to the north. He received his MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2002 and earned his BFA from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois in 1999. Andy has shown extensively in New York at Plane-Space Gallery for seven years and continues to have shows in the United States and abroad. Recently, he has exhibited in Japan, Germany, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Philadelphia and St. Louis. His ongoing, ten year study and series of paintings on paper focus on occult phenomena in the landscape. He is most interested in how supernatural agencies scar and obliterate an idyllic landscape.