The title of the exhibition references a memoir and poem by Marianne Moore, one of Molina’s favorite authors. The twelve paintings in this exhibition explore the ways in which Molina regards the particularities of her daily life and the complexities of her relations to family members and friends. Each painting marks a moment in Molina’s final year as a MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Her figures, which stand as silhouettes, merge the domestic and curious in one situational setting. Humor and affection are among the emotional resources embedded in the poetry of her work; some of the figurative paintings also continue Molina’s use of the chair to invoke moments of quiet and solitude. The objects in her compositions, rendered in oil and pencil on linen, are charged with psychological awareness and acumen.
Jeffly Gabriela Molina is a Chicago-based visual artist from Táchira, Venezuela. Jeffly first moved to the U.S. in 2007 and lived in Miami, Florida for about four years—while there, she attended the New World School of the Arts. In 2011, she transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2013 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2016. In 2013, she was commissioned by The Rebury South Beach to create and permanently install her sculpture Nest at the southwest corner of 18th Street and Collins Avenue in Miami. In 2014, she produced and co-curated yes, you're in heaven in Chicago's Gold Coast and most recently, she was awarded the 2015 AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts and the 2016 John W. Kurtich travel scholarship. Her work has been collected widely in Chicago and the U.S.