May 16 - June 18, 2022
“Contracommon is proud to present HYSTERIA, an exhibition of works by Molly Sydnor, running from May 16 to June 18, 2022. A Pride Month pop-up art market and closing reception will be held at Contracommon on Saturday, June 18 from 3-9pm, and is free and open to the public.
HYSTERIA is a collection of mixed media works that interweave both the process of discovery and side effects of being a woman or being perceived that way. Elaborating on themes she explored in a previously curated exhibition (Like A Girl), Molly Sydnor plays with the idea of “women’s work” and “girly things” taking over a space.
Molly Margaret Sydnor (b. 1993) is a Dallas-based multidisciplinary fine artist with an eye for fiber. She received a BFA in Fiber from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015. Originally brought to Dallas for a career in product development specializing in interiors and textile design, Sydnor has traded in her 6 year corporate design career for creative marketing in nonprofit spaces. Her current position is focused on higher education and job vocation for adults with disabilities. On the side she directs an LGBTQ+ community, planning events and creating queer space. Molly has a few pretty big 2022 projects in the works. It was just announced she will be one of the featured artists preparing an install with the new Sweet Tooth Hotel location in Dallas. Additionally she has two solo shows headed to Austin at the end of the year 2022.
“The insult ‘like a girl’ follows the often negative stereotype of women being weak, unskilled, talent-less, and not as good as their male counterparts. Studies show the word masculine evokes rough, rugged, strong, aggressive, edginess, and feminine evokes the opposite… soft, cushy, timid, and hysterical. Even the history of the word ‘hysterical’ has negative connotations toward women. The word itself derives from the Greek word ‘hysterika’ which means uterus. It was a ‘wandering uterus’ that was believed to be the reason for excessive emotion, or hysterical behavior. HYSTERIA visually questions what does ‘girly’ or ‘feminine’ mean continually throughout this body of work.”
HYSTERIA will be on view in the Contracommon Gallery from May 16 – June 18, 2022. The gallery is open to the public from 12-6 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with private viewing appointments available Monday – Thursday at calendly.com/contracommon.
For inquiries, information, or to make a donation, email [email protected].”
Reception: June 18, 2022 | 3–9 pm
12912 Hill Country Blvd f140
Bee Cave, 78738 Texas
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