Molly Roth Scranton (b. 1976) lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Her studio practice uses everyday household objects, language, and quotidian aesthetics to create collages, paintings, installations, and time based works in video and sound that are both beautiful and awkward. Her interests lie in sentiment, longing, escapism, labor, and anxiety. She sometimes collaborates with other artists, including her composer/musician husband and her 8 year-old daughter. Her work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, MN, the Finnish Academy of Fine Art in Helsinki, Finland, and the Hyde Park Art Center and Free Range in Chicago.
"I mine text and context, sentimentality, estrangement, and the quotidian as fodder to create works that are both beautiful and awkward. Through accumulation and careful consideration, I convert banal words and materials into decorative, self-describing statements on value, nostalgia, anxiety, and
If I were to ask you to stay, I would embarrass myself. I want to, I always want to, but it means that I need you, that I need something, and I want to be something that needs nothing. I want to be solid, unflappable, impermeable, able to withstand all forms of loss with a stoic grace because that is the ideal. But I can't. I want to beg and sob and pound my fists and refuse and make sounds like an animal. But I can't do that either. I know about the inevitability of transience. I want to honor it quietly, with effort, while I shake on the inside with everyone else."