Molly Bosley

Molly Bosley began collecting small relics at an early age in the Boston suburb where she grew up. She has since then continued this tradition and found ways to incorporate the findings from yard sales, junk stores and the great outdoors, into her mixed media artwork.

After years of searching for a home in the big cities of Boston, New York and Providence, she has settled into the quiet life of Vermont where she enjoys the simple way of living and can work on art from the comforts of her own home. She has exhibited nationally and gained recognition in online publications, as well as landing the cover of the Random House book titled, The Aviary. Molly is currently preparing for a handful of exhibitions in Vermont and is working on her biggest papercut series yet.

Artist Statement

There is a tangible presence of hands in my artwork, meaning, it is very obviously handled, touched, dirtied and stepped on. It contains the imprint of the instrument that crafted it. There is an awareness of the connection to humans and the mementos they possess. I want to create an art that is arresting, yet familiar, like a memento you find tucked away in between the pages of an old book. In an effort to harmonize my media with my message, I construct work out of the detritus of American culture, the little things that slip away into junk stores, attics, or trashbins; I often include “found” photographs in my work. Photographs are like ghosts - they contain the soul of someone that has since changed, moved on or died - freezing them in that sliver of time. This voyeuristic impulse has inspired me to create mixed media collages, incorporating the kinds of discarded artifacts that I find so enchanting. The process is instinctive in choosing the images but structured, layered and designed so the different elements harmonize to produce an artwork that is wholely nostalgic.

Education

2007     BA, Studio Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

2006    BU Study Abroad Painting Program, Scuola Internatzionale Di Grafica, Venice, Italy

 

                           Selected Exhibitions

                           2016   The Art of Paper, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC                      

                           2015  5th Annual Alumni Exhibition, University of Vermont Davis Center, Burlington, VT

                                             Never Had No One Ever, New City Galerie, Burlington, VT

                                       Wish You Were Here, Towle Hill Studio, Corinth, VT

                           2014    Paper Work, Jamestown Art Center, Jamestown, RI

               Weird Show, Invisible Dog Space, Brooklyn, NY

2013     10th Anniversary Group Show, Artstream Gallery, Rochester, NH

                First Friday Solo Exhibition, Speaking Volumes, Burlington, VT

                First Friday Solo Exhibition, Vintage Inspired Marketplace, Burlington, VT

2012    The Nature Of Things, Three Graces Gallery, Portsmouth, NH

               Rabid, WIld & Docile, My Plastic Heart Gallery, New York, NY

               Inspired By, Artstream Gallery, Rochester, NH

               Love & Sex & Hate & Heartbreak, One Way Gallery, Providence, RI

2011    Exhibition with Artist,  Amy Ruppel, Tilde Gallery, Portland, OR

              The Letter Collector, Gallery Hijinks, San Francisco, CA

                Come Spring, Artstream Gallery, Rochester, NH

               Peripeteia, White Rabbit, New York, NY

               Solo Exhibition, Three Graces Gallery, Portsmouth, NH

2010    Places We Go, People We See, Artstream Gallery, Rochester, NH

              The Nature of Things, Assemble Gallery, Seattle, WA

               Barty, Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

               Seasonal Travel, Artstream Gallery, Rochester, NH

2009     The Little Deaths, Shadow’s Space Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

                  Remember Sebastian, White Rabbit, New York, NY

                  The Way Things Were, Red’s Tapas Bar, Brooklyn, NY

                         Femininity In Visual Culture, Caramel Boutique, Washington, DC

 

Published Works

2012    Paper Works, Featured Artist, Published by Sandu

               Art Lab for Kids, Featured Artist, Written by Susan Schwake, Published by Quayside

2011    The Aviary, Cover Art, Published by Random House

 

Residencies and Workshops

2015     Summer Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

               Vermont Artist Week, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2014    Paper Monster Workshop, Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, MA