Animal Body: New work by Molly Alloy
at the Red E Cafe Gallery
1006 N Killingsworth Ave., Portland, OR 97217
Opening reception: June 11, 2015 7-10pm
The Red E Cafe continues to bring daring fine art to a coffeehouse setting with this audacious collection of new works by local artist Molly Alloy. The work will be available for viewing during all cafe hours from June 10th to July 8th, 2015 with a 2nd Thursday opening reception on June 11th.
The Animal Body collection began when severe illness and a radical hysterectomy provoked new insight into her early childhood sexual trauma, re-contextualizing Molly’s identities around gender and sexuality. The result is a series of bawdy, nonsensical self-portraiture rendered in vividly colorful collages of personal narrative. The works are grounded in an exploration of the deep knowledge held in the physical self, or ‘animal body’.
“I approached this work with no judgement, and no filter... the result is incredibly colorful- in more ways than one!” - Molly Alloy
This collection creates a context for difficult themes that is unapologetic, optimistic and empowering, welcoming the viewer to a space where richly colored unicorns, giant dildos and ailing female forms are as intermingled as grief and joy and determination; where there is room for whatever subjects or experiences may arise from them.