Siena Peterson is an interdisciplinary artist living in Chicago. Her work explores the abstraction of body, form and language.


Siena Peterson: Artist Statement

My artwork has allowed me to explore the feelings of disconnect of one’s physical identity from one’s battling inner self. It has enabled me to expand on the actuality of an identity, it’s physical versus internal form and the meaning it is assigned. My exploration of form has led me to interpret the body beyond its physicality, therefore, challenging my own shifting feelings of self and belonging while being simultaneously present.

The ambiguity of identity has led me to question the intimacy of being and becoming within our bodies and what we choose to reveal and conceal. Using abstraction of form as a tool, my work suggests a sense of familiarity to the body but imposes a formal disconnect. I imply meaning to form by assigning order through repetition, symbolism, and extraction.

In order to challenge the viewers assumptions of meaning in a form—regarding its identity, sexuality and physicality, I compare the body to other physical forms, symbols and objects. This has allowed me to further explore my own identity as an individual who is physically female but identifies as gender non-conforming and bisexual.

My work resides at a threshold—the merging point of interiority and superficiality, intimate and grotesque. By relating the crudeness of the physical body to the delicacy of internal self, I explore the meaning of identity through form.

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BA in Interdisciplinary Studies within the Arts

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, IL · 2017 – 2019

Art Education/Visual Art

Edgewood College

Madison, WI · 2014 – 2015

2019 Art Commencement Award for Academic Exellence , University of Illinois at Chicago
2019 LAUNCH Invitational Residency , Chicago Artist Coalition
2015 Talent Scholarship , Edgewood College
2015 Edgewood Review Magazine Feature, Vol.9 , Edgewood College
2019 Gone, Still (End of the Year Show: Senior BFA Thesis), University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
2018 Senior BFA Thesis Show (Open Studios), University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
2018 Collaborative Art Series Concurrence: Fever, Fulton Street Collective, Chicago, IL
2016 Fresh Press exhibition show, Figure One Gallery, Urbana, IL
2015 , Stream Gallery, Madison, WI