Molly Roth's labor-intensive working methods include large-scale installations, performances, videos, painted weavings, and works on paper. Often disguising the written word inside of itself, she adorns it with obsessive decoration or covers it up with common household materials. 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, the Hyde Park Art Center, and Free Range in Chicago. Roth earned her MFA in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2007. She currently lives and works 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."