Samantha Sethi’s interdisciplinary practice explores our experience of and impact on the natural world and its changing relationship to our built environment.
By layering natural materials and processes, such as ice, sunlight, plants, growth, sediment, and erosion, together with technological interventions, such as reproduction and isolation, these works are simultaneously actions and images, both the event at hand and the drawing or trace used to represent it through time. These objects and systems examine the ways in which the world we see and move through can be modeled visually and experientially.
These works represent a broader view of our world as a landscape both inhabited by and studied by humankind, altered even as it is observed -- understanding the world as simultaneously the location and the material of our pursuit of meaning.
Samantha Sethi is an artist of mixed Indian and American heritage based in Baltimore, MD. She earned her MFA from American University and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at the Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, CA; the Creative Alliance in Baltimore; the Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, D.C.; Field Projects, NYC; Krupic Kersting Gallery in Cologne, and Hilbert Raum project space in Berlin. She has created public art projects through commissions for the Baltimore Office and Promotion & the Arts and the Frederick Arts Council. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.