"Breaking the Rules" was originally a mural I painted for a group mural show at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. This piece explores breaking free from the grid/structure in the design process, and my personal longing to actually paint a grid for the first time away from the screen. "Breaking the Rules" felt appropriate for the Pactimo artist series kits as both artists and cyclists have been known to be free thinkers who seek new paths to explore while bending the rules of normalcy. The grid also feels like a road map in some ways often necessary for a cyclist. And the colorway options with bold black and whites are some of my personal "secret" favorite colors and combos that I'd love to see more of on garments.
Known for her iconic, abstract geometric style, artist Sandra Fettingis creates timeless, site-specific patterns for public art projects such as murals and installations. Her elegant, harmonious works seamlessly integrate art with the surrounding built and natural environments. Born and raised in Chicago by South American artist parents, Sandra studied at the Art Center College of Design and earned a BA from Columbia College, and currently resides in Denver, CO. She has created more than 50 large-scale artworks for public and private collections. Key projects include an award-winning, 160-foot long installation for the Colorado Convention Center, 35 glass windscreen bays across five light rail station stops for RTD’s A and EFR Lines, and a four-story tall, integrated LED and aluminum wall sculpture for Denizen. Her work has been exhibited locally at the Denver Art Museum, nationally as part of several mural festivals, and internationally at the Sharjah Festival in the United Arab Emirates. Sandra has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Huffington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Design Milk, Hyperallergic, and Modern in Denver. She has earned grants from both the City of Chicago and Denver and is an alumni of RedLine Denver’s artist residency program.
Sandra continues to push her practice creatively and professionally by experimenting with new materials, taking on projects outside of Colorado, and pushing the visual language of abstraction through geometric minimalism. Rooted in clean, enduring design, Sandra’s handcrafted geometric patterns leverage thoughtful repetition often with organic elements nodding to plant life. She develops refined, meditative rhythms using line as a foundation. Line dominates Sandra’s practice and remains the lens through which she sees and understands the world. She hopes her viewers find moments of calm, respite and solace through her work in addition to a deeper appreciation of pattern, whether in the human or natural worlds.
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