CV

b. 1965, Montgomery, Alabama 
Currently living in Des Moines Iowa

EDUCATION​

​1992     Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas - Master of Art, Art History  
1987     Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas - Bachelor of Art, Photojournalism

​SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021     Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa (date TBD)

2020     Central College, Pella, Iowa  (March 2020)

2019     The Poison Garden - Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa

2019     Omnia Vanitas - Muscatine Art Museum, Muscatine, Iowa 

2019     Omnia Vanitas - Olson-Larsen Galleries, West Des Moines, Iowa

2019     Fatal Flora - Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines, Iowa 

2018     Fatal Flora – Des Moines Botanical Center, Des Moines, Iowa

2018     Fatal Flora - Memorial Union Gallery, ISU, Ames, Iowa

2017     Fatal Flora - Morrissey Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa

2016     Fatal Flora - Viaduct Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa

2003     Molly Wood Nature Morte - Southern Methodist University, Fondren

             Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2002     Molly Wood Photographs - Muscatine Art Museum, Muscatine, Iowa


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2020     PhotoSpiva, Spiva Art Center, Joplin, MO (juror - April Watson - Curator of

             Photography, Nelson-Atkins Museum

2019     Briar Cliff Review Exhibition, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa

2018     Photo Sensitive, Olson-Larsen Galleries, West Des Moines, Iowa

2018     Iowa Women's Art Exhibit, Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines, Iowa

2017     Annual Small Works Show, Olson-Larsen Galleries, West Des Moines, Iowa

2017     Current Work, Kansas City Society of Contemporary Photography,

             Kansas City, Missouri (juror – Keith Davis – Senior Curator of Photography,

             Nelson-Atkins Museum)

2017    14th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Freeport Art Museum, Freeport,

             Illinois (juror – Dan Addington, Addington Gallery, Chicago, Illinois)

2017     DUMA Biennial, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa

2017     Iowa Exhibited XXXII, Polk County Heritage Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa

              (merit award)

2016     National Fellowship Competition, Developed Work, Midwest Center for

              Photography, Wichita, Kansas

​2016     Le Garage Hermétique, Salisbury House, Des Moines, Iowa

2015     Lady's Work, Chapman House, Des Moines, Iowa

OTHER​

2019                    Project Grant - Iowa Arts Council

2018                    Iowa Arts Council Fellowship

2016                    Project Grant - Iowa Arts Council​

2016 to present   Board Member - Des Moines Art Center Print Club 

2015 to present   DMACC Adjunct Professor - History of Photography

2008 to present   Meredith Brand Licensing - Better Homes & Gardens

                            Photo Shoot Producer

COLLECTIONS

                            J.P. Morgan Chase

                            Bankers Trust

                            Farm Bureau

 

This image was included in the Dubuque Museum of Art's Biennial and the Freeport Art Museum's Regional Juried Exhibition.

The Fatal Flora series evolved from my interest in Renaissance women who made their place in society by using their knowledge of the properties of botanicals.  That expertise could range from culinary, to medicinal, to deadly.  Often the same plants used to nurture and feed loved ones were used in another way to heal the sick.  Different parts of those same plants could also be prepared in other ways to be poisonous.  

 

Women who had botanical knowledge were sometimes perceived as a threat to medical and clerical professions and were accused of practicing witchcraft.  Botanical knowledge became dangerous knowledge and was the start of a long and complex history of power struggles and gender conflicts.

 

In these photographs, I use only natural light and style them to resemble Dutch still life paintings.  I seek out plants that were present in women's Medieval and Renaissance medicinal gardens or were referred to in historical texts.  When possible, I cultivate and grow these plants at home so that I can watch the changes they go through during their life cycles.  When specific varieties cannot be found, I substitute varieties that are in the same family.  For example, Papaver Somniferum (or opium poppies) are hard to come by in the United States so I have explored other poppy varieties.

 

Plants that contain the potential to be toxic are extremely complex in their structures.  Their appearance and their potency changes drastically depending upon the timing of the growth cycles - from bud to bloom to seed pod.  These photographs are printed as large-scale images, much larger than life, so that the viewer can closely examine every detail of these complex plants. 

 

​I use botanicals as metaphors for my own life experiences. Situations and relationships that can be beautiful, seductive, nurturing, life-sustaining and healthy when experienced in one way can also become toxic and poisonous when circumstances are changed or out of balance.

STATEMENT

This image was included in the Kansas City Society of Contemporary Photographers' 2017 Current Works exhibit, jurored by Keith Davis, Senior Curator of Photography for the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

© 2020 BY MOLLY WOOD. www.mollywoodphoto@yahoo.com