Molly A. McCafferty

Molly A. McCafferty

Location:
Athens, OH
School:
Ohio University
Birthday:
11/27/1985
Artist Inspirations:
Professional Inspiration: Francesca Woodman, Carolee Schneemann, Stephen Shore, Pipilotti Rist, Sherrie Levine, Martha Rosler, Sally Mann, Jenny Holzer, Laura Larson, Nancy Davenport, Ray Klimek, Lewis Hine, Jacob Riis, Eleanor Antin, Jack Kerouac, Robert Frank

Biography:
My name is Molly Ann McCafferty, I’m a photographer that was born and raised in the mid-western city of Dayton, Ohio. I grew up in the suburbs and attended Catholic grade school and high school. I picked up my first Pentax ME Super in high school and became obsessed with the documentary nostalgia I could create through a photograph. I will be graduating from Ohio University in the spring with a BFA in Photography. My work explores the social conventions of gender and class order. False assumptions and misapprehension of social groups can cause. Growing up in the midwestern suburbs of Dayton, Ohio, my perceptions were sheltered, and I lacked experience with topics of discrimination. My works are inspired by my desire to understand what is behind social conventions of representation. In early works such as “American Venus”, “On The Road, and “Power Construct”, I explored iconographies that mock the roles of American women. In these works I created over exaggerated scenarios depicting the femininity in the context of American pop culture. For example, in “American Venus,” I exploit the two most important icons in our capitalistic economy, the female body and gasoline. Posed in a classical Greek scene of nature, the two icons represent our inability to acknowledge deeper ecological and economic problems. In doing this, I have examined our country’s psychological relationship with itself. My works employ similar strategies in regards to homelessness. Can someone loose their personality when they loose their possessions? Do they think about their public living spaces the same way we think of our own shelters? These are questions I asked when making my most recent photographs, “Homeless Simulation,” and “Habitat Misconceptions.” These pieces document the actual spaces used by someone homeless. Beyond the visual, they explore misconceptions with a yearning to find reality, specifically proving or disproving our inexperienced ideas of homelessness. Installed together, one is able to see my possibly misinformed opinions compared to the evidence of what really exists. Due to the fact, that many social relationships are drawn in bad ends because of misconceptions, I feel the need to research the potential of a making more familiar ones. My photographs are suggestive and eye catching through their exaggeration of reality. In order to prove or disprove the statement, the viewer must recall their beliefs and experiences of homelessness. Therefore, the piece exposes our thoughts of the homeless, which leads to debate of what we understand. Can we see and comprehend the reality of what we have not experienced?

Artist Portfolio


American Venus #1
20.00" x 16.00"
$125.00

American Venus #2
20.00" x 16.00"
$135.00

Confidence #1
20.00" x 16.00"
$100.00

Confidence #2
16.00" x 20.00"
$100.00

Confidence #3
16.00" x 20.00"
$100.00

Confidence #4
20.00" x 16.00"
$100.00