March 3 – 14, 2015
Sydney Steen currently resides in Carrboro, North Carolina and is an MFA student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She obtained her BFA from the University of Texas at Tyler, specializing in painting and drawing.
She writes: “I create sculptural works inspired by geological landscapes, spanning from the desert to the Arctic, where the land is shifting and perception and scale become distorted. I am drawn to these places because of the relationship between earth and sky, the tangible and intangible. Each piece is representative of places I have been and places I have yet to go and equally a product of both reality and my imagination. Various materials act as placeholders for natural elements; earth, light, and sky become plaster, fiberglass, and cornstarch. Suspension of consciousness is required as one must look beyond the physicality of materials to see them as they are intended. However, it is this tension that brings importance to the role of the object within my work. Perception and desire come to the forefront, as these works exist in the ambiguous space between foreign and familiar, definable and indefinable – each object its own interpretation of a shifting and delicate environment.”
March 03, 2015