Nashville, TN | Painting, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Drawing, Installation
Molly Barnes, born and raised in Tennessee, received her BFA from Mississippi State University. She then went on to receive an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017. After moving back to Tennessee, she has maintained a studio practice and started teaching.
The domestic practice embodies making, evaluating, and planning. The domestic space is the studio in which I plan for the future, make to do lists, clean, cook, make art that demonstrates and elevates an aspect of the domestic. Everything exists on an even plane: taking my dog out, working on quilts, doing dishes, learning new techniques, making dinner, talking over breakfast with my husband, doing laundry, teaching, grocery shopping, etc. It all must be done and is a vital part of my practice. It is about creating and maintaining a livable life. The physical objects that come out of this practice include quilts, dinner, home installations, pillows, plants, folded and mended clothes, dyed fabrics, notebooks of lists, syllabi, and lesson plans. The gold leafed quilts on a clothesline are an abstracted and exaggerated manifestation and representation of my domestic experience. This domestically focused creative practice is motivated by the need to organize, plan, and create a sustainable experience within which to live.