We are excited to welcome multidisciplinary artist and art educator Simiya Sudduth to Allerton’s 2022 Spring In-Residence! Simiya will live on the Allerton estate for three weeks this March, using the Park’s art, nature, and history to inspire her onsite creation.
Simiya is currently living and practicing in St. Louis, MO. She maintains a “fluid creative practice” that explores the intersections of wellness, ecology, social justice and spirituality, and ranges from digital illustration, designing and painting murals, to farming and experimental sound healing performances.
In the past, Simiya notes that her work has often been site specific, creating in direct response to the space her work inhabits. Her past projects include holding space within public, collaborative sound healing performances, billboards, large scale murals, and working directly with the land through urban agriculture and landscape architecture based projects.
“My work is truly a practice of integration, a way to explore and connect my multifaceted interests and influences, all united by the driving question of how I can provoke positive change, healing and expansion of the collective consciousness through my creative practice.”
Learn more about Simiya’s background and work at her website.
After conducting research onsite, studying the plants and wildlife of Allerton, Simiya will design and create a mural in the Greenhouse Café. The public is invited to select Open Studio chats where they can learn about her process, ask questions, and see her progress. In addition, Simiya’s residency will include an Artist Talk on March 20 where she will share work, processes, and the conceptual underpinnings of their practice as a multidisciplinary artist and art educator.
Allerton’s In-Residence Program, made possible by Joan and Peter Hood, and Dana Brehm and Larry Baumann, aims to support and highlight the meaningful work of creators, educators and researchers, making their professions more accessible to the public, while bringing awareness to unique characteristics of Allerton.
The Spring 2022 In-Residence is the result of a partnership with the University of Illinois’ Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (OVCDEI).