Molly Stredwick’s world seems to be stuck somewhere between reality and a dream world. Her works take inspiration from everyday life, the line between reality and fiction becomes blurred and the need for anything to make actual sense isn’t of great importance. Fictitious love letters and Nice Pictures TM combine as a way to try and make sense of the world around her. Usually heavy with references to film and popular culture to both hopefully relate to the viewer and give them an insight into the artist’s mind. These works mix together fictional stories and personal anecdotes to create art that tries to talk about mental health, the banality of life and often tries to use a comedic approach to blanket over potentially darker themes.
The work plays with the desire for permanence and is, therefore, a contradiction in itself; physically the traditional stretched canvas conflicts with raw canvas and use of empty space, haphazardly whited out sections and pencil guidelines. This conflict can also be seen in subject matter when the text that’s heard in the conversation of said in passing mixes with text that has heavier meaning and begs to be heard.