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Molly Dilworth
BROOKLYN, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: Molly Dilworth is a Brooklyn based artist who views creative practice as a form of research. Using data from a specific site as a structure, she gives form to things that invisibly motivate our actions. She has partnered with green building community organizations, climate change activists, arts organizations and government agencies to make public art pieces that address our relationship to the history, nature and technology. From the rooftops of Brooklyn to the Pedestrian plazas of Times Square, Dilworth has created outdoor site-specific paintings in New York City and exhibited across the United States. She has been a resident artist at the Salina Art Center in Kansas and in the Art & Law Program with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in NYC. Her work was part of Spontaneous Interventions: design actions for the common good in the U.S. Pavilion at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale. In the fall of 2012 Dilworth was the Recess Activities artist in residence at the Pioneer in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In the spring of 2013 Dilworth installed a permanent exterior painting for the Garden at The James Hotel in Lower Manhattan.
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  • Ghost Acre
    2013
    Masonry paint on concrete
    Painting for the pillar in the garden at The James Hotel. Named for extraterritorial land annexed for production, the work incorporates iconography from the site (Avenue of the Americas at Canal St.)

  • 5 Pirate Flags
    2013
    Braided cord on collaged sailcloth
    A series of flag prototypes for an upcoming public art installation marking historical trade routes around New York City.

  • Date the Time
    2012
    Paint and Civil War era dust on textiles, braided cord, wood poles
    Employing abstraction, digital sources and textiles the history of global trade were explored during a Recess residency at The Pioneer, Brooklyn, August to October 2012.

  • Paintings for Satellites
    2012
    Printed banner
    Banner for Spontaneous Interventions: design actions for the common good, U.S. Pavilion, 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale

  • Paintings for Satellites/Oakdale-Carver Pool
    2012
    Masonry paint on concrete
    The painting on the Oakdale Pond, once a segregated public swimming pool, has an inlaid outline of the Carver Pool, the once all black pool in Salina, Kansas.

  • Quivira
    2012
    Paint on brocade, braided cord, painting pole
    Named for one of Francisco Vasques De Coronado's Mythical Seven Cities of Gold, which is thought to be present-day Salina, Kansas. The work, made during a residency at the Salina Art Center, is a

  • All Night Forever
    2012
    Paint on fabric and paper, braided cord, bamboo
    Installation at the Salina Art Center Gallery. An investigation into formal patterns and designs embedded with symbolic meanings and the American tendency to hybridize.

  • Kansas Patterns
    2012
    Paint on paper
    Series of studies in preparation for a public art installation in Salina, KS.

  • 36 &deg 30 &prime / World Financial Center
    2012
    Digitally printed vinyl
    The project takes its name from the latitudinal circle that divides the globe into north and south, the same circle that was used to draw the U.S. Mason-Dixon Line. This historically important demarc

  • 36 &deg 30 &prime
    2011
    Acrylic on Wool Felt, Bamboo, Braided Cord
    Set of eight paintings on wool felt military blankets each containing an icon constructed from visual references related to slavery. Installation at the SculptureCenter for the Art & Law Residency

  • Lodge 441/Old School
    2011
    Masonry paint on concrete
    Painting for the courtyard at the Old St. Patricks Cathedral School for the New Museum Festival of New Ideas. First in a series of paintings around NYC to mark sites related to the African American B

  • Lodge 441/Old School
    2011
    Masonry paint on concrete
    Painting for the courtyard at the Old St. Patricks Cathedral School for the New Museum Festival of New Ideas. First in a series of paintings around NYC to mark sites related to the African American B

  • Paintings for Satellites/25-25 Borden
    2011
    Housepaint and Insuladd on Roof
    This rooftop painting is one in a series of sites marking the history and legacy of the various African American burial sites in New York City in connection with the Underground Railroad and the histo

  • Field Test (NYC)
    2011
    Housepaint on Mylar
    Field Test (NYC), a site-specific installation for the Pulse Art Fair, is the second in a series of site-specific paintings that use X-Ray and Electron Microscopy images of Rare-Earth elements as visu

  • Field Test/Golden
    2011
    Acrylic paint on ceiling
    Painting for the ceiling of the Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado using X-Ray and Electron Microscopy images of Rare-Earth elements as visual references. These materials-hidden in plain sight-p

  • Paintings for Satellites/561 Grand
    2010
    Infrared-Reflective Coating on Roof
    Aerial photo of rooftop painting at 561 Grand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY in conjunction with CoolRoofs NYC. The image depicts the New York/New Jersey Harbor after a 7 meter rise in sea levels. Commissioned

  • Cool Water, Hot Island
    2010
    Ride-a-Way on street surface
    Broadway between 42nd and 47th Streets, Times Square, NYC. View of the plaza from 46th to 47th Street, with furniture The color palette of cool blues alludes to the historical geography of midtown, es

  • Cool Water, Hot Island
    2010
    Ride-a-Way on street surface
    Broadway between 42nd and 47th Streets, Times Square, NYC. View looking south from the webcam at 48th Street. Commissioned by the Mayors Fund to Improve the City of New York.

  • Paintings for Satellites/547 W 27
    2009
    Housepaint and Insuladd on Sno-Coat
    Rooftop of 547 West 27th, NYC, November 2009. Commissioned for the exhibition Architecturally at the Hendershot Gallery, November 2009 - January 2010.

  • Paintings for Satellites/16 Manhattan
    2009
    Housepaint and Insuladd on Tarpaper
    Rooftop of 16 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, September 2009.
 








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