Beginning July 1st, Practical Art will feature the amazing work of local artist, Molly Koehn. Come by and explore the relationship between humans and nature in her show, “Support: something that holds up structure.” Attend our Artist’s reception on Friday, July 1st, from 7:00-9:00pm, and meet the artist herself!
We asked Molly to give us some insider information about her pieces, and she was happy to give oblige:
- What processes/materials did you use to create the pieces?
Many of my pieces use a process called eco-printing. It is a natural dye process that uses leaves to create a print on the fabric. The leaves are bundled up in fabric and steamed for an hour. The color from the leaves transfers to the fabric. I also use embroidery, weaving, and drawing.
- Is there a theme to your show? If so, what is it?
This work is looking at natural systems and the role humans play in those systems. These pieces are also looking at the idea of support. In these systems, is nature supporting us or are we supporting nature? And I definitely acknowledge that we are part of nature, but I think in general, humans separate themselves from nature.
- What inspired your work for the show?
Moving to the valley 2 years ago has been a huge inspiration. The greater metropolitan area is just so bizarre to me in how different it is from the desert surrounding. Arizona in general amazes me. Down here there’s cactus and shrubs everywhere, but up north it’s all pine trees and snow! I love the diversity of climates and vegetation. I see something new and interesting almost everyday. I could probably live here for the rest of my life and stay consistently amazed.
- What is your favorite part about making art?
That’s a tough question. I love the general process of making—using my hands to create. I just love working hard and getting dirty.
- Do you have a favorite piece in the show? If so, what is it?
I’m partial to my maggot embroideries. There is something so satisfying about the play between something gross and beautiful at the same time.
- If you had to describe your show in 5 words or less, what words would you use?
Maggots, leaves, landscape, support, systems.
- What other artists (any local?) inspire you?
I find a lot of inspiration from land artists, specifically Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt. I’m also the biggest Patricia Sannit fan in the world.
- What do you want your viewers to know about you as an artist?
We can’t wait to see you at Practical Art on First Friday, and throughout the month of July!