Sam Grabowska
If Only, a Demodulation
June 2024

A digital sculpture probing structural trauma, emotional processing, and the yearning for change.

About the Artist:

Sam Grabowska is a sculptural installation artist living and working in Denver, Colorado, USA. They combine corporeal traces, such as human hair and animal sinew, with industrial building materials, like concrete and PVC conduit, into sculptures where bodies, real or imagined, can seek refuge from emotional trauma. The work inhabits the intersection of the human body and architectural language. Grabowska has exhibited at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the Denver Art Museum, Redline Contemporary Art Center, RINO Art Park, Understudy, and Union Hall; among other venues. They hold a PhD in architecture with a cognate in cultural anthropology from the University of Michigan, an MH in interdisciplinary humanities from the University of Colorado Denver, as well as a BFA in film and a BA in architecture from the University of Colorado Boulder. Grabowska is the founder of Manifolding Labs, a research and consulting firm focusing on trauma-responsive spatial design with a range of clients including art museums, community organizations, architecture firms, and mental health practitioners. Their research methods include qualitative interviewing, phenomenological analysis, in situ observation, archaeology of the contemporary, and are now exploring biomarker feedback wearables.