I am a process-based artist that uses photography with mixed media as a way to explore my emotions, personal strife, and social surroundings. Underlying themes of space vs place, self-concept, community, and educational identity are prevalent throughout all of my work. Recognizing that I predominantly define myself through my location, relationships, and experiences has fueled these concepts.
Through the alteration of books and the creation of images through digital scanography, I create abstract references of my educational encounters as a student and a teacher. Educational identity is the term I coined to define my work and the idea that all individuals learn and grow differently with knowledge. As an instructor of the arts and an enthusiast for continued education, I intend on furthering my artwork pertaining to this concept throughout my entire career.
It was through the assistance of my community and the completion of my interactive thesis exhibition titled OPEN that I was able to feel comfortable in my own skin again. Since then, I have created personal works, to assist in defining the new me, depicting my struggles with the recent loss of my father and the tribulations I experienced in the midst of earning my MFA degree. Although these works are still experimental in nature, I am actively working towards pairing material and medium to best depict these concepts.
-Molly Lorraine Phalan