Tessa Siewert is a Washington, DC-based artist who specializes in contemporary abstract expressive compositions and figurative work. Her art explores the relationships of color and the fleeting moments that inspire each creation; whether they be based upon a memory of a place, season, or experience. The medium drives her process by the nuanced colors and overlays that create new forms and help to guide each journey of her artwork.
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Tessa says, “I abstract the images around me, focusing on loose, rapid application of color. This exploration led to non-objective compositions that were ever changing and fluid. Oftentimes what is underneath the top layer of the painting is messy and tangled, like roots, but what eventually emerges is an unexpected sense of order and purpose. These compositions focus on identifying different organic shapes with a play between transparent and opaque washes of color. The use of mark making add a language of detail to each piece that both unify and differentiate the paintings.”
Siewert received her MA in Painting at Savannah College of Art and Design and received her BS in Art Education degree from Temple University Tyler School of Art.
During the summer of 2018, Siewert worked on a commission with CulturalDC creating and developing a fence wrap at a construction site located directly outside of the Nationals Ballpark Stadium (DC’s MLB team). She has shown works in local settings in both York, PA and Montgomery County, MD. Recently, Tessa participated in a duo exhibition at the Yellow Barn Gallery in Glen Echo, MD featuring works from her master’s program.
Aside from expressive painting, she enjoys teaching art in Montgomery County, MD. In her fourth year of teaching, Siewert was honored with ‘New Middle School Art Educator of the Year’ for Montgomery County.