Sierra Sanchez creates paintings, music and films.
Based in Providence, RI, Sanchez creates surreal, large-scale oil paintings that tell stories from their life and family heritage, focusing specifically on intergenerational trauma and lost histories from a queer, mixed-race perspective. Their painting work has been published in Art New England magazine and Fields Magazine, and has been exhibited at Skye Gallery in Providence, RI, Coastal Contemporary in Newport, RI, and Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.
Sierra also produces and mixes electronic music under the name Ox, and is rounding out their first studio album called Anxiety Dreams, which will be released in 2021.
In film, Sierra has recently directed shorts including The Sweetness of Sunlight Through Glass (2020), The Divining Bell (2019), Nova One’s music video Close Encounter (2019), and I SAW (2017). Overlapping between music and film, Sierra often produces and mixes film scores and sound designs for their self-directed films, and works as a freelance film composer. Recently they created the film score and sound design for Civilsamhället (dir. Sara Jordenö), which premiered at Lund University, Malmö Academy of The Arts in Sweden in 2019.
Sierra works as a cinematographer, collaborating often with director Sara Jordenö on documentaries about politics and social justice in the Ocean State and abroad. Sierra is also currently working as a mixing intern with Brad Krieger at Big Nice Studio in Lincoln, RI. As a painter, they are represented by Skye Gallery in Providence, RI, and paint in their studio at The Mills in Pawtucket, RI. They hold a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design with a focus in painting and film.