This painting depicts a dog sitting still, lost in a moment of worry and self-reflection. The artist's psychological portraits frequently feature figures grappling with choice—giving voice and validation to the quotidian struggles of the masses. In the present moment, there is an ever-expanding multitude of options presenting themselves on a daily basis; the gift of choice can be stifling, even overwhelming—transforming the breadth of possibility into the likelihood of conformity dictated by our lives. The composition's combination of rich tonality and overall flatness encourage viewer’s to experience the work as if gazing into a mirror.
Bounds' portrait scenes of domestic life economically employ a confident line to depict their figures’ complex private thought processes. The artist captures quiet moments suggestive of internal conflict, urgency, complacency or fleeting opportunity. Bounds' work often scrutinizes how social conditioning encourages self-doubt—and how that affects our perception of our own abilities.
The artist’s work considers possible movement scores for the body, examining both agency and indecision—the opposing outcomes of any decision. The figure in this work is stuck in stasis, vacillating between possibility and limitation; they are stuck in a moment between malaise, despair, futility and exhaustion—as if they were secluded in a cave, separate from the world around them. The artist renders this moment in cold tones, lengthening the duration of time in which the figure must make their decision. The composition forces viewers into a similar purgatory as the central figure, leaving both ensnared in an endless moment of potential action.
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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.