Siena Smith is an artist currently based in Chicago, Illinois. She works with drawing, weaving and collage to work out the complexities of identity and investigate personal narratives. She earned her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Textiles and MFA at School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Fiber and Material Studies. She is interested in how gesture, color, and texture of textile and 2-D mediums allow for representation and abstraction to begin a conversation about her Black identity, emotions and thoughts. Her work has been exhibited in shows across the US and in Italy. Recently, she collaborated with the TextielLab/TextielMuseum to create a series of jacquard woven fabrics.
Stamps, 2019, Jacquard woven, pastel, graphite, and collage, 34 x 24 in.
Timeline, 2019, Jacquard woven, pastel, and charcoal, 24 x 146 in.
Seeping, 2020, Jacquard woven, watercolor, pastel, and collage, 66 x 38 in.
Glimpse IX, 2020, Lithograph, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, and collage, 8 x 6 in.