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 and her MFA in the Fibre and Material Practices program at Concordia University in Montreal/Tiohtià:ke. 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.

Rooted in weaving, craft, and textiles, my work investigates the meanings carried by materials: meaning inherent in their construction – as in the fundamental difference between the interlaced gridded threads in a woven cloth and the cycling loop thread of a knit – and meaning prescribed through their entanglements with history, politics, and use. This close look at material offers ways to perceive and grapple with the broader systems and power structures that organize the world. Through sampling and material play, my work is a practice in disrupting patterns and exploring possibility.

With an approach and conceptual framework shaped by fiber practices, I work across sculpture and installation, drawing on various methods and materials as needed or curious. I use the logic and histories embedded in materials to trouble their forms: creating a clay rope, woven space, tonal time, a written wave. This process of material translation 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. In this process of transformative play, am looking at the thing in between two categories as a multiplicitous possibility and asking, can weaving be anything but binary? Does “no” oppose “yes”? What emerges from the space in between?