Discarded
4:25 loop video and original poem

Untersberg Marmor Keifer, Fürstenbrunn, Austria
Video and accompanying poem created during my residency at the Untersberg Marmor Keifer during the Summer of 2021. The hand carved marble sculpture is filmed from several angles as the natural mountain stream flows over it.

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I want to know where I came from.
where I am going.
where I am meant to be.

I have searched the earth
forged by the pressures which fill me.
It tells nothing but universals,
stories of water and land expanding.

There will always exist a distance
between what I have and what I long for.

I am not alone
each has an origin like mine.

Created
        hollowed
                  discarded.





Void Fill

Artists: Samantha M. Connors, Cynthia Reynolds
Curator: Danielle Degon

AUTOMAT Collective | Philadelphia, PA
Through laborious processes of trimming, weaving, and peeling, Cynthia Reynolds and Samantha M. Connors turn single-use materials into works that ask of themselves, “What is my purpose?”, “Where do I belong once my purpose has been served?”, and “Am I bound to the space which asks to be filled?”. The sculptures included in this exhibition—created from cardboard, plastic, dryer sheets, metal ties, Styrofoam, and wool—recontextualize materials that typically occupy unfilled space and reveal their potential for subjecthood.

Cynthia Reynolds and Samantha M. Connors explore the limits and expectations of mass-produced materials intended to protect, block, and fill negative spaces. Whether through Reynolds’ delicately picked-apart cardboard sculptures or Connors’ translucent woven structures, one’s perception of the ubiquitous objects are altered. In Void Fill, overproduced objects are given a new context that allows viewers to contemplate their own existence and construction of self within a culture of overproduction. 



B.O.B. (bottom of basket)
cement
11” x 14” x 9”

AUTOMAT Collective | Philadelphia, PA
October 23 - November 21
B.O.B. (bottom of basket) is a cement cast of a 24-case of plastic water bottles. Its title refers to an acronym used by retail corporations to ensure that cashiers charge for items stored at the bottom of a customer’s basket. 



Fear of Becoming the Fool
steel wire, Disperse red 9
126” x 14’

Straw Gallery | Philadelphia, PA
March 13 2020 - present
An installation of horizontally strung segments of barbed wire that connect the opposing gallery walls, beginning at the floor and continuing up to a height of fifteen feet. Each segment of barbed wire has been carefully hand-twisted and coated in Disperse red 9, a transferrable red dye that is used in smoke grenades and theft-protection dye packs. Segments of barbed wire span across the gallery every eight inches, creating an impenetrable border that marks anything with which it comes into contact.


The Edge of Precarity

Artists: Sarah Heyward, Stephanie Cayer, Gabrielle Constantine, Sarah Grisham
Curator: Danielle Degon

Little Berlin | Philadelphia, PA
October 27 2018
An exhibition by Philadelphia artists investigating the differences between intellectual and material production, the expectation of productivity, and the alienation of extracted labor. Sarah Heyward, Stephanie Cayer, Gabrielle Constantine, and Sarah Grisham explore the depths of the unpaid labor they perform, the effects it has on the global market, and how to escape precarity though text paintings, textured sculptures, and receipt logs.