Featured Visual Artist: Molly Cassidy
Molly Cassidy, the paper nymph, has been creating art for as long as she can remember. Her art can be seen during August at A Place at the Table in Imurj’s extension gallery.
Mixed Media Warrior of Hope
Molly has been in Raleigh for about 20 years and is in the final stages of raising 6 kids. Striving to ingrain a creative foundation in her kids, she entered a new stage as an artist – now both teaching and creating art. Practicing mixed media conceptual art, repeating art forms is not one of her goals. Molly likes to stretch herself artistically and experience a little bit of everything. You can view her website and online gallery here.
Inspiration From Words
Typically, Molly draws her influences from the written word, whether a book, poem, or quote. Some authors she has drawn inspiration from include Madeline L’Engele, author of A Wrinkle in Time, and Ann Tyler. Her style varies from piece to piece, with some not even appearing to have been created by the same artist.
Always Something New
Sometimes, the ruler is Molly’s friend. Other times, she ditches the tools and free-hands. One thing that is constant in Molly’s art is her tendency to use multiple mediums in each piece, ranging from paint, pens, each piece is a collage honoring many art forms.
Through all her art, Molly always has a specific central theme: hope. Even her pieces that look the most negative and dark, are balanced out by the power that the light of hope brings. She looks to highlight people who are perceived to be kind, smart, and hopeful. Quotes from Maya Angelou, Mother Theresa, and Gwendolyn Brooks can be seen throughout Molly’s works.