Molly gets inspiration from other people's old family photographs--and how could she not? I also find them pretty inspiring. Her style is great, and though most of her collages are pretty different from each other, she coordinates them well with the vintage elements she uses.
Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Intimate narratives at memory, mundane life, childhood , voyeurism and dreams.
Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Old Paper. I love working with anything that looks used and has the feeling that there's a story behind it. I collect old textbooks, encyclopedias, children's books, pamphlets etc etc. But what really makes me the happiest is other people's family photographs. It brings out something inside of me that I don't get from anything else. I think I just get so excited thinking about these people's lives and what it must have been like at that time. Photographs are tangible documents of memory and I think that's so beautiful, even if it's not my memory.
Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I started experimenting with different materials in my artwork when I was very little. I would make things out of recycled materials and things I found outside like bottle caps, acorns, sticks and leaves. I would put these things in my sculptures, collages and drawings. I only seriously started collaging in the last few years when I started collecting old books and realized that's what I had been waiting for to find my unique style.
Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: Unfortunately, I have the office job, which fills most of my days. I'm not there yet but I hope someday I can focus solely on my art.
Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: Yes, I studied studio art at the University of Vermont.
Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I really love to experiment with new techniques that I can combine into my pieces. I have been playing around with image transfers, using a gel medium and acetone. I am always researching alternative crafts. I think it's great to show a variety of looks in one piece. I also knit, embroider and sew.
Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I don't think I could ever just pick one piece. I do fall in love with my pieces. They aren't finished until I love them. The piece I'm working on currently might be my favourite when it's finished. It's cut paper silhouettes, layered and put into a sort of diorama.
Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Robert Rauschenberg, Dasha Shishkin, Eduardo Recife, Tez Humphries and a lot of other people who are just starting out.