Etta Sandry is an artist and educator 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.



My work is material-driven. Materials, patterns, and forms carry meaning, both inherent and prescribed. I work with these as examples of the broader systems that organize our world, using weaving and rope making as well as drawing, sound, text, and clay as tools to investigate material possibility and question social and political power structures.

Through processes of translation, I use the logic and codes embedded in the materials to trouble their forms: creating a clay rope, woven space, tonal time, a written wave. This transformation is a way to problematize and play; to invite mutability into seemingly fixed systems. I can follow the rules, break them, and create new ones to be broken again. I am looking at the thing in between two ideas as a third or multiplicitous possibility and asking, can weaving be anything but binary? Is "no" the opposite of "yes"? What is the space in between?

In this work, I aim to destabilize assumptions about how cloth, ropes, and clay bodies are produced and how they function. I am considering how these forms and making processes can be models or methods for destabilizing, imagining, and rebuilding broader social and political structures.



etta.sandry[at]gmail.com