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We are pleased to spotlight Siena Pullinzi our newest freelance teammember
About Siena Pullinzi
Siena Pullinzi is a 23-year-old artist based in Rochester, NY. Born in Batavia, NY, she began finding her love of art in high school. During her sophomore year, she won the Congressional Art Competition with her work displayed in the Capitol Building in Washington D.C for a year. After four years of being taught by Rochester based artist Mandi Antonucci, she was inspired to continue to develop her craft during her college years.
Where did you grow up?
SP: I grew up in Batavia NY
How do you stay healthy?
SP: I frequent the gym, as well as doing yoga at home or with friends. My newest venture is learning pole dancing, which I take at Aerial Art of Rochester. To stay mentally healthy, I surround myself with friends, or I relax my mind with movie watching, reading, and writing.
How do you express creativity in your life?
SP: I go to museums and galleries as much as I possibly can. When I’m not physically surrounding myself with art, I sketch, read, write, and cook to keep my creativity flowing and continually moving. I also have frequent discussions with friends and others, and those conversations can inspire me and push me to be more creative.
How have you furthered BLPOC and other underrepresented groups in your life and/or work?
SP: As an artist, my work is an expression of the objectification of women. Through my work, I want people to start discussing these issues and open their eyes to how easy it is for women to be objectified. Being one of the 2019 Current Seen featured artists, I brought this topic to the forefront in my exhibition “Not Your Object,” which hung in 540Gallery. From what I witnessed, it resonated with many who visited. I do not believe that this is enough, though. I witness discrimination frequently at my place of work, and I do my best to stand up for those being discriminated against, but this too little. By joining 540WMain, I hope to do more with/in support of the BLPOC community and other underrepresented groups.
What is it that inspires you to work with 540WMain?
SP: I find inspiration in 540WMain’s ability to bring all walks of life together for a broad range of discussions. I love that they do not hold back when confronting issues within our communities and the drive to bring these problems to the surface.
When you’re not working at 540WMain, what do you like to do?
SP: I don’t have much free time. With the small amount I do have, I will probably be either watching a movie or going out to eat with friends.
What do you like best about living in Rochester?
SP: At the moment, I currently live in Batavia. But I like to say the I lived in Rochester since I went to college at Nazareth. It is tough for me to pick just one thing about Rochester that I like. There are food, art, movie theatres, so many amazing festivals! How can I choose only one thing?
What do you like least about living in Rochester?
SP: I feel like even though Rochester prides itself on the community, there can be a lack of togetherness within it. Rochester can feel extremely cliquey at times or divided among people of age, sex, and race
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Facebook artist account: Siena Pullinzi
540WMain will celebrate its 4 year anniversary with a party and extravaganza on Saturday June 20, 2020. In just four years the organization has become a pillar in the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood and a convener and curator of important and vital community conversations, classes, and programs. Your financial support helps us scale up this work in 2020 and beyond with a year long fundraising goal of $40,000
Photo credit: (cover) Krit Upra