Sierra Slentz

My current body of work explores structures and cycles in nature and the persistence of human intervention. My work is informed by my time spent in the desert, geological features, & the history of Man’s unintentional mark on the world.

Reoccurring themes in my work:

The cairn is a stack of rocks that are placed along trails to note possible dangers, to help point travelers in the right direction or to signify a scenic or historical point. The top stone of a cairn is sometimes narrow and points the direction one should go, they are referred to as “ducks” because they sometimes resemble a beak. Throughout history these rock piles have signified our mark, a sign that you are on the right track, a sign that someone has been here. The saying, “Two Rocks Don’t Make a Duck”, is a reminder to hikers that the probability of two rocks falling against each other is common but three or more rocks falling or stacking on each other is not probable, and more likely an act of man.

The geode is a geometric form that looks like an ordinary rock on the outside but has a mysterious & beautiful interior. This form is repeated in my work and symbolizes the obscurity of life.

The orb is a symbolic form, conjuring up ideas of light, life & hope. It is sometimes viewed as the carrier of life, womb, or an egg. Here the ceramic orbs are presented as fragile habitats; each containing groupings of fragmented structures that represent both the breakdown & destruction of our environment but also as a vessel of potential life.