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Jessica Molnar

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Alchemy
Alchemy, 1999 Mixed Media 11"x14.75"x4.5" © 1999
Book_o_dreams1
Book of Dreams, 2000 Mixed Media 5.5"x8.5"x3" © 2000
Book_o_dreams_inside_
Book of Dreams (inside), 2000 Mixed Media 5.5"x8.5"x3" © 2000
Brkn_bdtime_stories2
Broken Bedtime Stories, 2001 Altered Book 6.25"x9"x2" © 2001
Broken_bedtime_stories1
Broken Bedtime Stories (inside), 2001 Altered Book 6.25"x9"x2" © 2001
Evidence_front
Evidence, 2000 Mixed Media 5"x7.5"x1.5" © 2000
Evidence
Evidence (inside), 2000 Mixed Media 5"x7.5"x1.5" © 2000
On_eggshells
On Eggshells, 1999 Mixed Media 5.5"x8.25"x2.5" © 1999
Pop_up_book_front_
Circus Book, 2004 Mixed Media 6"x9"x3" © 2004
Pop_up_detail_
Circus Book, 2004 Mixed Media 6"x9"x3" © 2004
Trial_n_error
Trial and Error, 2001 Mixed Media 4"x5.5"x1.25" (each) © 2001
Edwards-alittlething
a little thing, 2008 Mixed Media 3.75"x1.5"x1.25" © 2008
Armor
Armor, 2000 Copper, Bloodstone 16"x18"x3.5" © 2000
Choker
Choker, 1999 Hair, Leather, Fabric, Found Object 15"x2" © 1999
Chrysalis-detail
Chrysalis (detail), 2002 (work in progress) 7 Years Worth of Journals, Paint, Rubber, Plastic 2'x100' © 2002
Comfort1
Comfort, 2001 Mixed Media 32"x33" © 2001
Self_portrait
Quick Facts
Birth year
1978
Schools
Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Tags
bookarts, printmaking, artist-books, assemblage, collage, mixed-media
Statement

 

 

For as long as I can remember I have loved books. I love them as vessels of knowledge, imagination and history; the place to find answers. I love the intimate experience of being engrossed by a book. Books are engaging. I love them as objects; old or new, leather-bound or paperback... the smell and feel of the pages... the look of the exposed spines on a bookshelf. This bibliophilia asserts itself in just about everything I make. I have always considered myself something of a Luddite, drawn toward craft, the handmade, and the one-of-a-kind.

Much of my formal art training is in textile design, so pattern and texture play a large role in my work. I enjoy contrasting meticulous, finely crafted elements with happy accidents. I see this interplay as a dynamic element of life; forging ahead with free will and yet accepting the unexpected. Art making is meditative. I take it as an opportunity to focus on the process. It's a treasure hunt. Free association and synchronicity are in charge of this segment. I delight in watching the identity of the work reveal itself to me.

My work tends to be auto-biographical with a bent toward self-inquiry and inner transformation. As far as I can tell living, learning and making are utterly inseparable. I see life as art and the objects made as the evidence left behind.

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