Etta Sandry is an artist, educator, and organizer whose practice is grounded in fiber and weaving but spans media. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013 with a focus in Fiber and Material Studies and is currently pursuing her MFA in the Fibre and Material Practices department at Concordia University in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions in the United States and Canada and included in duo exhibitions at ACRE Projects and Roots & Culture in Chicago. Etta’s work as an educator has included teaching artist positions at Concordia University in Montreal, the Textile Arts Center in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Marwen in Chicago. She has worked as an arts administrator at Pratt Institute and the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, New York.


I work with the meaning found in material and patterns as literal and metaphorical examples of the broader systems that organize our world.

I use weaving and other textile processes as well as drawing, sound, text, and clay as tools to think through and question the power structures that organize our lives, such as language, institutions, and social and political systems. Through transforming these materials, I use their embedded logic and codes to trouble their histories, forms, and meanings: creating a clay rope, woven space, tonal time, a written wave. This process of translation is a way to pose problems and play. I can follow the rules, break them, and create new ones to be broken again. In this play, I aim to destabilize assumptions about how cloth and other materials are produced and how they function, thus considering how they can be methods or models for destabilizing and rebuilding broader social and political structures.

In this remateralization, I oscillate between seemingly oppositional concepts. I am looking at the thing in between two ideas as a malleable membrane, as a third or multiplicitous possibility. Can weaving be anything but binary? Is "no" the opposite of "yes"? Is there a space in between?


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