In Which She Revealed Her Characteristic Energy
scherenschnitte cut paper in wooden diorama
At first glance, the shapes in Molly’s paper-cut works of art remind me of the illustrations in the story books my Grandmother used to keep for me on her pastel bookshelves. Yet the thought-provoking titles catch me off-guard by hinting at much deeper and adult themes than the simple childhood stories in those old books ever could. Each form or layer in Molly’s works visually plays with the next, creating an odd sense of time. Surrealistic and allegorical, it’s easy to get lost in their tender drama.
The stories Molly’s works tell are heavily punctuated by her wonderfully intricate paper cutting or German scherenschnitte (shear-n-SNIT- a), which means “scissor cuts” in German. “[Scherenschnitte] often has symmetry within the design, and common forms include silhouettes, valentines, and love letters”. In some of these works she has added a touch of red string which provides a wonderful distraction for the eye.
Molly’s Dioramas and two-dimensional papercut works will be on display in her solo show, Remember Sebastian at the White Rabbit for the month of November. You can meet the artist and have a drink at the opening reception on Friday November 6th from 7-9pm. The White Rabbit is located at 145 East Houston Street (btw. Eldridge St. and Forsyth) in New York City.