Andria Bielski
In My Head

Exhibit dates: April 1-May 6, 2021

*Viewing by appointment/Sales inquiries: [email protected] 703-330-2787

The ARTfactory presents In My Head, a new art exhibit featuring 24 works by mixed media artist Andria Bielski.

Andria Bielski was raised in Manassas, VA and graduated from George Mason University with a concentration in Studio Arts. She took up residency in Haymarket to homeschool and raise her four children. Being an artist unexpectedly became her solace instead of her career goal when her second child, Sabrina, was diagnosed with a pervasive developmental delay that in later years turned into a diagnosis of severe Autism. Although Andria has worked as both a graphic designer and commissioned fine artist, she believes that her most authentic job as an artist is to be a storyteller. Autism is a very common story these days.

Andria’s daughter Sabrina began to communicate through typing around the age of 12. Andria discovered that through their close bond, they are capable of communicating without words. Now at the age of 19, Sabrina has not only titled Andria’s paintings, but has composed short poems to go along with them.

These artworks are a recording of their journey.


In My Head (2015)
Mixed Media On Wood Panel
12” x 16”
$500.00

An apocrypha is in my head
But as a child, diagnosed as the living dead.
Who knows a child better than a mother?
Not a therapist, a teacher, a priest, or any other.
I’m here!
I’m here!
She heard my chatter,
And knew the iPad mattered.
I heard them say,
“It’s a misuse!”
“It’s an abuse!”
Silly fools, thee.
You don’t know me.
It’s my voice.
I get a choice.
And it was she
Who set me
Free.     

-Sabrina      


Carnival Concoctions (2015)
Mixed Media on Wood Panel
12″x16″
$500

It’s the up and down
Of the carnival ride
I take in stride.
The good
The bad
The very sad.
The Yin,
The Yang
The angels sang
And clarity rang
Help is nigh
From heaven on high.

-Sabrina


Hanging By A Thread (2013)
Pen and Ink and Watercolor on Bristol
7” x 8”
$350.00

Puzzle fuzzle
His mind’s a muddle.
Hanging by a thread?
Or does he sleep instead.
The Prince begins to awaken.
This Autism is mistaken.

-Sabrina


Hanging By A Thread II (2013)
P
en and Ink and Watercolor on Bristol
7.5” x 8.5”
$350.00

She sleeps.
She must.
For she cannot adjust.

Hanging by a thread,
They said.
Institutionalize her head.
This Princess will awaken.
Autism is mistaken.

-Sabrina


Cry of the Firebirds (2013)
Mixed Media on Wood Panel
12” x 16”
$500.00

Silent cries.
The firebirds pray.
My mouth cannot say.
Too many delays.
They say
They say
But Mom, she hears.
Her golden ears.
She knows I’m here
And fights the decay.

-Sabrina


Unbound Expectations (2013)
Mixed Media on Wood Panel
12” x 16”
$500.00

Build me a sight
That speaks of my plight.
See, her art is a fight
To express what’s right.
A feast for the eyes
Two minds that are tied.
Only Love has the might
To conquer all fright.

-Sabrina


Enchanted Pieces (2014)
Mixed Media on Wood Panel
12” x 16”
$500.00

Imagined places
A spectrum of faces
It’s not a game,
Naming names.
This princess, she lives.
She breathes, she gives.
Enchanted pieces,
God’s caprices.
The bubbles will burst.
She fears the worst,
But the worlds will collide
And the darkness will die.

-Sabrina


Freedom Rings (2014)
Mixed Media on Wood Panel
12” x 16”
$500.00

Freedom rings
In covered ears
Amid viral fears
As no one brings
A thought
To God.

-Sabrina


It’s Your Move (2014)
Mixed Media on Wood Panel
12” x 16”
$500.00

Pick me a peace
Of heaven from sky
Of truths from lies.
It’s your move.
I might improve.

-Sabrina


SOLD

Untitled
Mixed Media on Watercolor Paper
15” x 22”
$800.00


The Navigators (2016)
Mixed Media on Illustration Board
30” x 40”
$3,500.00

Fly me to the moon and back,
The Navigators’ track.
Now you see me,
Now you don’t.
It’s topsy-turvsies
These Autism flurries
But there’s real magic inside
If you’d give me a try.

-Sabrina


Seer 5 (2016)
Mixed Media on Illustration Board
20” x 30”
$2,500.00

Seer five,
Keeps me alive.
They are starting to see.
They are believing in me.
There is more to life than eight senses.
The problem is your defenses.
Seer ten is coming and then
We usher in zen.

-Sabrina


Reader 5 (2016)
Mixed Media on Illustration Board
20” x 30”
$2,500.00

Reader, level five
My sister’s a spy.
And that ain’t no lie.
She’s so very quiet
But her mind is a laugh riot.
In just one look
She reads you like a book.
Kieran emerges
Her nemesis she scourges.
My siblings and me,
We have talents you can’t see.

-Sabrina


Hide and Seek (2016)
Mixed Media on Watercolor Board
30” x 20”
$2,500.00

Hide and seek,
It brings me grief.
I call.
You call.
God watches over it all
While we await the fall
When we can finally be together again.

-Sabrina


The Popcorn Eater (2017)
Mixed Media on Illustration Board
30” x 40”
$3,500.00

I like to see it pop in piles
And lick up its salty wiles
And stop to feed myself some more
And then – prodigious step, ask for more
I think it’s funny
They fear how I fill my tummy.
It’s allergies, they say
It’s not good for her all day
But I like to see it pop in piles
And lick up its salty wiles.

-Sabrina


The Map Quest (2017)
Mixed Media
20” x 30”
$2,500.00

The map quest,
May it ever be blessed.
The man of the house
After the fraudulent one left.
This is my brother
He lead with his heart
Unlike that other.
He had no map, no plan
But he lead like a real man.
Young in his years,
Held mom through her tears,
And guided his sisters through fears,
This is my brother
He is like no other.

-Sabrina


Queen of Hearts
Mixed Media on Illustration Board
30” x 40”
$3,500.00

This is my sister.
She mastered them all
Including that peacock
Who plotted her fall.
He lost.
He failed,
Even before he bailed.
She has the gift to see,
And she believed in mom and me.

-Sabrina


SOLD

To Have Loved and To Have Loved Not
Mixed Media on Illustration Board
30” x 40”
$3,500.00

Pretty as a peacock
Pretending to be frail
But he’s as sharp as a nail.
He struts his stuff
Until you call his bluff.
He has not love.
He has loved not
and that is a crime
To which nothing can rhyme.

-Sabrina


This is a Princess,
A future queen.
What lies ahead
Feels full and extreme.
With grace and with charm
But mounting alarm
She’ll handle the task
Without being asked.

-Sabrina


Sister Daughters
Mixed Media on Illustration Board
20” x 30”
$2,500.00

Mom and Lainey and Kieran and me.
We used to be islands, my sisters and me.
Now we are protected
Because we are connected
To God the Father
To each other
And most importantly,
To our Mother.

-Sabrina


The Watcher
Mixed Media on Watercolor Board
15” x 20”
$800.00

Lainey is The Watcher.
She has talents galore
She’s a seer, a hearer, a feeler,
And more.
No one gets passed
When she’s guarding the path.
Just try her and see
I never worry.
I know she is protecting me.

-Sabrina


Gear Up
Mixed Media on Watercolor Board
15” x 20”
$800.00

It’s no joke,
These rhymes of mine.
They can tell you the time
And it is now
I can avow
To gear up
For God is coming.

-Sabrina


Imagine-tree Lotus Leaf Relief Print
Mixed Media on Watercolor Paper
19” x 19”
$1,500.00

It’s time the world should know
What the rarest of artists can show
And what I can hear and see
With all my senses integrated in me.
Thoughts, not just actions,
Are interactions.
Every thought
Ever thought
Every dream

Ever dreamt
Whether good or evil is meant
Are not harmless abstractions.
They are elements of corporeality
Of every person, in totality.
They are not happenstances
They have real effects and consequences.
It’s not just your imagination.
It’s reality

In the fullness of intimation.
What holds a person like me back?
It’s not Autism or some other lack.
It’s the proximity of the thoughts of another
With aggressive intentions

To keep me in oppression.
Violent, angry thoughts are criminal, insane
They do not leave a mark
but the effect is the same.
I
Am
Not
Autistic.

-Sabrina


SOLD

Sun and Moon Lotus
Acrylic on Lotus Leaf Canvas
16” x 16”
$500.00

The sun and the moon are in love, you see,
But together they can never be.
Until one day a miracle direct
Occurs outside of cause and effect.
When they will meet
And birth the stars.

-Sabrina

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