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Artist Statement

My work is an ongoing study of the personal battle of one's internal and external self. It is a way for me to document the bodily space that we inhibit and emotional depth hidden within. By relating the crudeness of the physical body to the delicacy of the internal self, I challenge the opposing feelings of physical discomfort and internal safety. Using abstraction of form as a tool, I suggest a sense of familiarity to the body but impose a formal disconnect.

I often use my body as a tool or template. By intuitively tracing my form into different postures, I create a framework, leaving behind ambiguous forms that are empty vessels for further exploration into the hidden discomfort of my physical and emotional space.

Within each piece there is an ongoing dialogue between my movement throughout the tracing process and the forms that are reflected, where the form influences my movement and my movement influences the form. Through this process I display the results of this back and forth dialogue between my physical form and the depth of the forms reflected within my work.

For inquiries email: sienapeterson.art@gmail.com


BA in Interdisciplinary Studies within the Arts at University of Illinois at Chicago

2017 – 2019 Chicago, IL

Art Education/Visual Art at Edgewood College

2014 – 2015 Madison, WI


Bridge Artist Residency, Hyde Park Art Center

DAWA Virtual Art Residency, Dear Artist With Anxiety (DAWA)

LAUNCH Invitational Residency, Chicago Artist Coalition

Art Commencement Award for Academic Exellence, University of Illinois at Chicago

Talent Scholarship, Edgewood College

Edgewood Review Magazine Feature, Vol.9, Edgewood College


Solo Exhibition at Handlebar Solo

Handlebar Chicago, IL

Continuous Span: A Production of the 2022 Bridge Cohort Group

Hyde Park Art Center Chicago, IL

And Boldly We Go Group Exhibition

The Martin Chicago, IL

Gone, Still End of the Year Show: Senior BFA Thesis

University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL

Senior BFA Thesis Show Open Studios

University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL

Collaborative Art Series Concurrence: Fever

Fulton Street Collective Chicago, IL

Fresh Press exhibition show

Figure One Gallery Urbana, IL

Stream Gallery Madison, WI