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A Testimony to Being Home

Sarah Kirby & Sam Seigel

March 11 - March 19, 2022

A Testimony to Being Home


Use your Brooklyn card in Brooklyn, and your Manhattan card in Manhattan

Before talking to anyone in a professional setting

Make sure you are fully clothed

It’s not safe to fuck someone in public, not in a park, not on a beach, not in the backyard

It’s not safe to invite someone who doesn’t have a place to live to live with you,

they kill girls like you

Say no when you’re asked for money, politely


It’s not safe to dance, anywhere you can see the sky

If you have to dance do not touch your body while doing that

And find an empty street

Actually, it’s not safe to dance, period.

It’s not safe to be seductive, or attracted,

according to any standard of others, it’s not up to you


It’s not safe to walk barefoot in the city

The glass on the ground will hurt you

(What glass? I never stepped into glass walking barefoot in the city, and the only time it went through my foot was when I was wearing sandals, but my friend Angelica cleaned me up.)


Don’t wear your headphones in public

Pay attention pay attention

Don’t cover your eyes because the lights are too bright

You can’t see it? It might be behind you

Put your back to a wall


Don’t scream, we are going to be home soon

It’s not safe whenever you feel like you’re home

They will find you at your door

Remember to them you’re not there

But also remember to leave the lights on when you leave

so they don’t know you are always alone


I see her making the same move next to me,

right on the platform


I knew nobody could really push me over:

I were to choose a spot in the cart

When we get inside I want to lick the wound on her heel

from wearing that pair of leather shoes for more than necessary


When it’s finished don’t tell her your legal name




Sarah Kirby is a multidisciplinary artist from San Francisco currently living in New York City. Her main focus now includes weaving, paper mache, and oil paint. She explores personal memories and emotions while creating art hovering on the themes of togetherness and fading moments. She enjoys it when her piece becomes personal to the viewer. Sarah holds a BFA from Pratt Institute.


Sam Seigel is a black female painter from the Bay Area. She is a painter and comic maker currently based in Brooklyn. Her works deal with the notions of “loss of self” to the repetitiveness that happens in a manmade world. The repeating five stores, the telephone poles, the blank mountains, and McDonald's you’ve never been to yet have hundreds of times already. Sam holds a BFA from Cooper Union.


Sarah and Sam have been friends since high school and often paint together at night in the same room.

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