My personal life experience and my investigation of symbol formation in deep scientific inquiry challenged me to question my most firmly held beliefs. Today, “not knowing” informs my art-making.
I produce a variety of media including painting, sculptural forms and installation. In all these works, I am concerned with unearthing the roots of being human as an aspect of the coherent whole of existence.
In our increasingly high-speed virtual world, I go beneath the smooth and shiny surfaces to immerse myself in great solitude and deep silence. I use my brushes and other tools to quietly and patiently express the rawness, textures, and layers of a seemingly unending process of unfolding—of what I do not know.
Los Angeles-based art critic Shana Nys Dambrot has written the following about my work:
"Sigrid Orlet’s background in the field of Creativity Studies had her 'investigating the complex nature of symbol formation in deep scientific inquiry. . . .' And her moving and innovative mixed media paintings and sculptural installations give literal and allegorical form to this conceptual foundation.
"Using hefty, dimensional materials like burlap, and dried plant roots, and favoring a richly, fertile palette of earth and autumnal shades along with sensual, distressed, painterly surfaces and salient pieces of text, Orlet both honors and generates the symbolism of a kind of pagan art history.
"Spiritual rather than dogmatic, her work is experiential, multisensory, dimensional, temporal, devotional, and scientific. In pursuit of an aesthetic beyond meaning, it asks 'what happens when you go to a place of not knowing?,' demonstrating a willingness to question even one’s own most firmly held beliefs—including about what art can be."
Sigrid Orlet was born near Cologne, Germany but moved to Los Angeles in 1985. She holds an MA degree in Psychology and Art Therapy and a PhD in Psychology.
In 2006 her PhD dissertation titled “Heuristic and semiotic study of incubation through art-based inquiry” was published. She subsequently published an essay on “An expanding view of incubation” in the Creativity Research Journal, 20(3), pp. 297-308 in 2008. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at STUDIO Channel Islands in Camarillo, CA.
Orlet is on the artist roster of Los Angeles-based Gallery Yoram Gil. She is also a member of the Los Angeles Art Association and the Women’s Caucus for Art.