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"Anthropocentric Specimens": Art by Stephanie Cormier

A bulbous, doughy sculpture made from pink polyurethane foam with bread ties stuck in itAnthropocentric Specimen 033, polyurethane foam, found objects 

Today let’s look at Toronto-based artist Stephanie Cormier. Stephanie uses many different techniques and materials to make her work, which is often sculptural or project-based.


Stephanie’s "Anthropocentric Specimens" are lovely – they are all very obviously constructed from found and non-organic materials, and yet they do have a biological feeling to them, like deep sea life forms or organs taken from larger animals. Her installation and assemblage works are similar but often cling to walls of the gallery space like some sort of bizarre algae. Using the forms that appear in her various works, Stephanie also produces GIFs, which insert animated effects into mostly static images of her art objects. These GIFs lend an odd sort of personality to the work – it was already there, but having more than a static image to go off of lends to the mystique of each piece.


A large sculpture made of two large chunks of foam with various synthetic materialsRubble Bubble, polyurethane foam, foam, styrofoam, electrical cables, sticks, pinecones, plastic, found objects, plastic bags, cardboard, latex paint

Screen capture of Stephanie Cormier's objects gallery on her websiteObjects on

I am particularly charmed by the written series on Stephanie’s online portfolio entitled Objects That Exist in my Head, wherein the artist lists imaginary devices and tools. 


A collaged image of different textures composed into the shape of a bustHead Hole, collage mixed media

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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