My work explores a conceptual world where duality is surpassed, and where transcendent mystery reigns. What characterizes mystery, and how far can an image go to speak of those great mysteries that cannot be revealed, only hinted at? Here is a great metaphysical dilemma, which almost always touches on primal fear and an exhilarating thread of hope. Ritual, archetype, myth, and mysticism are my tools for accessing the unconscious and uncanny. Early American history, period literature such as that written by H.P. Lovecraft, and the occult all inform the narratives within one of my photographs, short films, videos, or installations.
Mollie McKinley lives and works in Beacon, New York. Since studying photography and film at Bard College, her work has been exhibited at Heaven Gallery in Chicago; featured by the Humble Arts Foundation; and shown in several NYC Brucennials (2009 & 2010), amongst many others. Her most notable recent exhibitions of 2010 include the Marina 59 Shake Outtttt ("The Sea Giveth, the Sea Taketh Away"), curated by Jess Shaefer of Hendershot Gallery, NYC, in which she turned a vintage houseboat into a full-scale installation; and an exhibition at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, New York. Upcoming exhibitions include a film and video program at Beacon's School of Jellyfish, curated by Greg Slick. She has lectured on her work at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Heaven Gallery, and the Bruce High Quality Foundation University. www.molliemckinley.com | http://mckinleystudio.blogspot.com