Molly Aubry


My work explores entangled perceptual worlds through the matrix of print media. I begin my process by observing natural phenomena—algae coalescing with ice, moss marking the bark of a tree. I document my observations in paintings and photographs, which I then alter through digital and physical processes. My installations merge the resulting works with found objects and existing architecture, thereby altering the preexisting space. Mining the tension between organic materials and digital processes, the work imagines artifacts from a world in which the natural and artificial are inextricably linked.

My research takes the form of collaborations and private investigations. I collaborated with a neuroscientist to study social coordination through mirrored drawing. I spent six days in complete darkness, exploring Buckminster Fuller’s concept of synergetics (the geometry of patterns of energy found in nature). I read Calvino, Murakami, and dystopian sci-fi. I walk in the woods.

With a Surrealist vocabulary and dream-like logic, the work investigates the thin boundary between documentation, memory, and imagination.