Etta Sandry is an artist, educator, and organizer currently living and working in Chicago, IL. Originally from Bloomington, Minnesota, Etta is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus in Fiber and Material Studies. Etta works as a teaching assistant at Marwen in Chicago and is an organizer, a curator at the Plaines Project gallery in the Pilsen neighborhood, and as a Make Space contributor. Etta completed a summer residency at ACRE this year.
“My work focuses on documenting how I manage my daily activities, my emotions and reactions to them, and where they take me geographically in Chicago. To do this, I use photography, mapping, collecting, drawing, and writing and investigate how these processes can be explored through fiber arts techniques, such as weaving. I believe that art has the potential to create community through education, interaction, sharing, and communication. I find patterns in raw material – whether the threads in a warp or the finished pieces of another artist – and organize this material in an aesthetic way in order to communicate with an audience.”