Sienna Ardis-Marie

I graduated with a first class honors degree in Fine Art Printmaking and Visual Culture from NCAD in 2014. As an avid reader and fairytale enthusiast, I am fascinated with the relationship between human beings and the other creatures with whom we share this world. My work explores the idea that the barrier between human civiilisation and nature is a constructed one, a man-made mythology whose fragility has been exposed time and again, only to be rebuilt by our own determination to be different. My own experience of the natural world is influenced by a childhood spent in a household of rescued dogs, cats and reptiles.
I concentrate on the medium of drawing to evolve my concepts because of the careful attention to detail it requires, as well as the richness of texture and depth achieved by layering lines on top of each other.
As Henry Beston wrote in The Outermost House, I believe that we need 'another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals'.
In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” -Henry Beston, The Outermost House 1928
Having received the John Kelly Award for printmaking Sienna continues to work at the Black Church Print Studio in Temple Bar, Dublin.