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. In 2018, Rana completed a year-long Jewish Artists Fellowship at the Spertus Institute in Chicago, where she worked to develop a gastronomic autobiography investigating her family stories and rituals with food. In the summer of 2019, she has been invited to the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany to discuss her role as an artist working in academic administration and how creative practice translates into one’s administrative approach.
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. 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).