The Next Day
This painting depicts a woman standing on an empty beach. This figure's active posture communicates something newly activated. It is a pose reminiscent of instructional images out of a self-help book—slightly robotic and rigid, as well as forcefully affirmative—as if she were taking her first steps toward recovery. This portrait's psychological progression occurs through the subject's gestures. This work reminds the viewer, albeit reluctantly, that even the most static narratives can be interrupted.
The artist's work frequently depicts figures fully embodying an experience of choice and indeterminacy—moments that portend the full spectrum of failure. In these scenes, the artist employs colors such as warm yellows and dreamlike sky blues. The resulting works express the subject's renewed capacity and energy in their experience of choice. The figure's moment of self-realization is reflected in their movements, especially their ability to cast their bodies across the vast picture plane—in spaces both real and hypothetical.
Molly Bounds work captures quiet moments suggestive of internal conflict, urgency, complacency or fleeting opportunity. The painter, illustrator and printmaker employs a line both confident and economic, and her portraiture depicts the complexity of her figures’ private thought processes. Bounds creates narrative scenes of domestic life that frequently scrutinize the social conditioning of self-doubt—as well as its effect on the perception of one’s abilities.
Molly Bounds was born in Texas and raised in Colorado. The artist received a BFA in Printmaking from Metropolitan State University of Denver in Colorado in 2014.
Bounds’ work has been exhibited internationally, including at: Here Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Pt. 2 Gallery in Oakland, California; Stephanie Chefas Projects in Portland, Oregon; Nino Mier Gallery in Los Angeles, California; and China Heights Gallery in Sydney, Australia.
The artist is an artist-in-residence at Redline Contemporary Art Center in Denver, Colorado.
Bounds lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
This painting depicts a woman standing on an empty beach. This figure's active posture communicates something newly activated, and is reminiscent of instructional images out of a self-help book—slightly robotic and rigid, as well as forcefully affirmative—as if she were taking her first steps toward recovery.More
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