My personal life experience and my investigation of symbol formation in deep scientific
inquiry challenged me to question my most firmly held beliefs. Today, “not knowing”
informs my art-making.
I produce a variety of media including painting, sculptural forms and installation. In all
these works, I am concerned with unearthing the roots of being human as an aspect
of the coherent whole of existence.
In our increasingly high-speed virtual world, I go beneath the smooth and shiny surfaces
to immerse myself in great solitude and deep silence. I use my brushes and other tools
to quietly and patiently express the rawness, textures, and layers of a seemingly unending
process of unfolding -- of what I do not know.
Los Angeles-based art critic Shana Nys Dambrot has written the following about my work:
"Sigrid Orlet’s background in the field of Creativity Studies had her 'investigating
the complex nature of symbol formation in deep scientific inquiry. . . .' And her
moving and innovative mixed media paintings and sculptural installations give
literal and allegorical form to this conceptual foundation.
"Using hefty, dimensional materials like burlap, and dried plant roots, and favoring
a richly, fertile palette of earth and autumnal shades along with sensual, distressed,
painterly surfaces and salient pieces of text, Orlet both honors and generates the
symbolism of a kind of pagan art history.
"Spiritual rather than dogmatic, her work is experiential, multisensory, dimensional,
temporal, devotional, and scientific. In pursuit of an aesthetic beyond meaning,
it asks 'what happens when you go to a place of not knowing?' -- demonstrating
a willingness to question even one’s own most firmly held beliefs -- including
about what art can be."
Sigrid Orlet Studio is on the artist roster of Los Angeles-based Gallery Yoram Gil
Artist-in-Resident at Studio Channel Islands Art Center 2012 - 2016
Member Los Angeles Art Association
Member Women's Caucus for Art
Member National Museum of Women in the Arts
Department of Cultural Affairs Slide Registry
Los Angeles, California