My practice is rooted in a tactile language of form making, a responsive approach that is cumulative and gestural. My hands are active participants in the creative process - articulating ideas through the body like dance. The results are material orchestrations, formal configurations that evoke a sense of balance and stability, yet are impermanent and fragile. I see the work in a constant state of being/becoming, as visual narratives that are linked to a time and place.
Rana Siegel is an artist living in Chicago. She has exhibited in and out of Chicago, most recently at ACRE, Goldfinch, and Flatland Gallery in Houston, Texas. This past summer, Rana completed a year-long Jewish Artists Fellowship at the Spertus Institute in Chicago, where she worked to develop a gastronomic autobiography investigating family stories and rituals with food as well as her own cooking methods and persona. In 2008, Rana co-founded Spoke (2008-2011), an artist-run studio and exhibition space in the West Loop of Chicago, where she served as one of the Creative Directors. Currently, Rana works at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as the Senior Administrative Director for five studio departments, applying her creative sensibilities towards her approach in academic administration. She holds an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2008) and a BFA in Crafts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia (2001).