MITThe Dean's Gallery
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Karen Molloy: Paris Revisited

September 13 - November 2, 2001

Curated by Michelle Fiorenza

I traveled to Paris for the first time in spring 1991, and like so many others, I fell in love with the city. Twice more in the 1990s, I returned to visit Paris and ultimately produced a body of work inspired by what I saw and experienced there.

In this exhibit, nearly 10 years after my first trip, I re-examine the images and textures of my trips with a fresh perspective.

As with all my work, these pieces express my inner subjective impression of the city and explore the relationships between the rich textures and rhythms of the urban environment. Using fragments of urban patterns, architectural motifs, and remnants of texture and decay, I seek to reveal the spiritual substrate of my experience of living and traveling in cities.

I use non-silver photo-printmaking techniques such as the vintage cyanotype and Van Dyke brown printing methods, and various image transfer methods on paper and fabric. Each piece is one-of-a-kind.

My background in painting and fiber shapes my approach, which is concerned primarily with texture, applied color, abstraction, and pattern. The basis of my methodology is to collage fragments of images and textures, sometimes combining different printing techniques.

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