SEANTEL RAE TROMBLY
Writer . Speaker . Designer
After surviving the years leading up to, and through, higher education, the word I've come to embrace is relativity.
I am a full time architectural designer as well as a full time artist and writer. I have spent the years pursuing my Undergraduate and Master’s degrees uncovering how architecture influences gender and social identities. I attended Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) where I co-founded and became president of the first leadership group for womxn, Womxn’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) . My goal was to provide a platform for individuals to use and strengthen their authentic voice. While pursuing this undergraduate and later Master’s degrees, I found a way to merge social activism and empowerment with architecture and art by uncovering the underlying patterns in our bodies and spaces and allowing them to guide design.
After graduation, I continued to build on my art by exploring different mediums. I co-founded and hosted the podcast What Builds Us where I and my co-host Brian interviewed historians, architects, designers, and artists about their perceptions of design for the future. In order for the conversation to intrigue even the non-architect, they shaped their conversations around scale, personal space, layering, neighborhoods, social hierarchies, and time. To promote the episodes, they built small-scale interventions positioned in Boston public spaces that engaged and promoted safe interactions amongst strangers with whom one wouldn’t typically interact. Through the combination of physical participation and audio engagement, their work expands the architectural to a new audience.
Throughout my life I have worked with a variety of mediums and line work to abstract and remake a variety of portraits. Now, I present a new line of work that emphasizes and explores the abstraction of queer bodies and movement. By shifting the focus from expression to shadows I relieve the identity of the individual modeled and instead allow their shape to suggest a path. Now, the eye can follow the line, connect with the colors, and see the bodies in a new context outside of the singular person.