Molly Koehn is an artist and designer who currently lives and works in Houston, TX, where the endless construction and expansion provide constant fuel to her practice. Molly received an MFA with an emphasis in fibers from Arizona State University (2017), and her current bodies of work carry on the delicate, expressive qualities of her background and BFA in drawing from Fort Hays State University (2013). Melding a practice of drawing, weaving, and sculptural installation, Molly’s work examines idealizations of nature. She responds to city landscaping and structure through material and construction, exploring why we choose to seemingly improve the aesthetic appearance of our surroundings by often eradicating the “natural” in preference of the artificial.
Through observation of the urban environment, I utilize fiber-based processes to create responsive artworks that embrace the temporal qualities of our fabricated environments and offer parallels between natural and synthetic. Printed, woven, and stitched line by line, layer by layer, and color by color, the works embrace the ever-shifting urban skyline, becoming monuments and mirrors to time. They are as much a skyscraper as they are an empty lot. They are a window as much as they are the sky, and they are native as much as they are cultivated. They blur the line between natural and artificial and ask questions about whether a line exists at all.