Molly Reilly is an artist, designer and educator living in Sarasota, FL. She holds a BFA from California College of Art and MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Originally from Buffalo, NY Molly has moved throughout the country teaching, exhibiting and participating in many urban indie art fairs. Her perspective in photography has been on the sequential aspects of imagery, building books and installations inspired by the act of collecting, personal stories and notions of home. Similar themes of travel and mid-century design influence her design work as accessible cultural icons. Molly is the maker/designer behind the indie business Neogranny, a vintage inspired laser-cut wood jewelry and home goods line which is being sold in many retail venues such as the National Museum, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and resides in several prominent Art Collections such as Daimler Art Collection and Lilly Library of Indiana University.
The act of collecting is the main drive of my work. Objects I find or images I make are recorded and essentially cataloged as a stockpile to draw upon. The isolated object or snapshot becomes representative of time. These instances are collected, sorted and stacked.
A narrative is contrived.
"All That Remains Will Be Devoured' is a series of images composed from an eclectic stockpile of thrift store acquisitions, domestic detritus and items scavenged from the estates of the deceased. This concept has become a theme that encompasses an ongoing body of work and created type of ideology i continue to prescribe to. Drawing from an archive of 1960s Kodachrome vacation slides, 'found' objects representing loss and familiarity are composed within vacant landscapes. Scanned and stitched together these images are full of seams. This is photography on the inside out, stretched and sustained by its remnants. This is about looking, not just through the camera lens, but at the massive heap of cultural cast offs; the image and the object.
Foraging through thrift stores and Ebay developed into my art as art. Finding objects i deemed as interesting had the same kind of satisfaction as photographing. Digitizing these objects replaced their 3-dimensional realism into a representational icon. This seemed better in ways than owning the objects, cluttering my space. I was also able to send it back to where it came from keeping the cycle moving. The images exist as a resource for me to create non-linear narratives and prose in the form of books, installations and multi media formats. This work in turn reflects upon a shared memory. The past is constantly re-emerging into culture as an appropriated or borrowed idea/aesthetic that is reinvented into relevant meaning. This is where the new begins. Photography is the means in which I define this passing of time.
Just as objects, patterns in textiles and wallpapers act as symbols of home/familiarity, my snapshot style photography records specific moments and are organized into a collective fragmentary manner triggering memory. This comprises an additional, ongoing body of work entitled 'Departures and Arrivals", where there is no succinct beginning or end to any of the events portrayed.
Both of these themes exist side by side within my art.