Sydney Geisinger grew up in a household of creative women in San Diego, California. She gravitates toward time intensive mediums like animation, sculpture, and painting because she enjoys the meditative quality of working with her hands. Sydney uses her art to address the complexity of our connections to each other and ourselves; often discussing societal failures and the intersectionality of privilege with the aim of instilling more empathy in the world.
The pandemic has exacerbated the issues that underpin our society and provided a constant barrage of examples of how our structures are failing to adequately protect, represent, and care for most of our country. My recent works have focused on ways we can come together as a community to build a more equitable society as I believe these failures can only be addressed through constant thought, action, and communication.
My Irwin project aims to remind us of the positive aspects of human nature to give hope for our efforts to change. We are all abundant landscapes that cultivate unique fruits. When we come together, our table provides an opportunity to teach, learn, and nurture our understanding of each other. Our need for connection and willingness to give so much of ourselves to our communities is ubiquitous across the world. This empathic energy is the core of ourselves, it is our bare bones. As we look ahead to making better organizational systems we can root ourselves to this similarity and use the common ground to praise our differences.
Our Bare Bones, 2021
This Stop Motion Animation focuses on the most unifying feature of humanity: our need for community and our willingness to give so much of ourselves to foster connection.
The Late Night Club, 2020
A Stop Motion Animation where enchanted tarot cards come to life.
Let's Talk About White Privilege is a website that was updated in four parts, each dedicated to a foundational pillar of white privilege. Statistics and resources about the history of these topics were released along with specific tips for how to have conversations about them. This site is a resource to help fellow white people think about their impact and help them work towards getting more white people to do the same.
The 2021 Irwin Scholars are Abby McPhillips, Caroline Alfonso, Cassidy Skillman, Chloe Calhoun, Connor Alexander, Kalen Meeks, Klytie Xu, Louisa Balderas, Lucinda Gold, Saul Villegas, Sydney Geisinger, and Zoe Forsyth.