Siti works with the symbolism of ancient architectural structures and geographic forms, raising questions about old traditions, modern developments, and humans’ unquenchable thirst for power. Many structures and forms are easily recognizable in Siti’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures: pyramids, ziggurats, and mountains, to name a few. There’s the namesake boulder in The Lonely Rock (2014) and the geometric, industrial structure of Occupational Hazard (2014). And then there’s the cluster of tiny, delicate ladders in Ladders Series 2 (2012), a form that recurs in Siti’s work.
All of these, and and especially the ladder, suggest vertical mobility, the sense of reaching higher and higher. For Siti, this force, ever upward-moving, symbolizes the endless striving for power in the Middle East, the dainty structures and building blocks themselves representing the hastily built systems that have created an uncertain future for the people of Middle Eastern societies.