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roswell artist-in-residence program
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 roswell museum and art center

present in the Marshall Gallery

Mollie Oblinger  

April 8 - May 28, 2006



Dendrite, 2005, wood, felt, foam, wire, 12'x17'x9'

"The formal principles are understandable and understood. It is the unknown quantity from which and where I want to go."
 Eve Hesse from Untitled Statement (1968)  

Born out of an acute attention to her surroundings, Mollie Oblinger's work draws on nature's most covert operations. The hidden but hugely industrious workings of termites, the invisible replication of a virus within an organism, and the intricacies of the human anatomy all act as inspiration for complex assemblages of color and form. By using the shapes between shapes, the spaces behind spaces, Oblinger subverts the negative and positive, creating an arresting and unfamiliar visual language. Painted wood, felt and silicone seem to grow out from the wall, up from the floor, and down from the ceiling, creating chance encounters between opposing sensibilities. Soft and hard, nature and artifice, fact and fiction commingle seamlessly in Oblinger's invented landscapes. 

Joey Fauerso, 2005 

Filum, wood, felt, foam, wire, pompoms, 104"x96"x16.5",  2005

Rubbled, wood 27"x15"x 1.5", 2006 Stickyback, wood, silicone 27"x 22"x 14", 2006  
Teether wood, wire 17"x9"x7", 2005 Tracery Potential, foam, wire, felt, pins 33"x72"x4.5", 2006
Betwixt, wood, wire, beads 6"x 9"x 1.5, 2006 In Staggering Processions
wood, wire, felt, fabric 100"x 105"x 19, 2006
Mollie Oblinger was born and raised in Cincinnati , OH.  She received an MFA in 2005 from the University of California , Davis , and a BFA in 1998 from Syracuse University .  Recent exhibitions include group shows in California at Works/San Jose and the diRosa Preserve.


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