By Courtney McKenna
Molly Piper is a self educated woman who stays abreast of current events and political agendas. “Molly goes to heaven, the building blows up, and Timothy McVeigh goes to hell” is the telling title of a painting completed in 2002. The reactive statement immediately addresses Piper’s unique understanding of the events that took place in Oklahoma City.
The full, yet deliberate composition allows the viewer to observe the events as understood by the artist. Piper’s frankly, playful, line use is informative. She illustrates a mass of people seemingly floating in air, surrounded by shapes reminiscent of pieces of the building or bodies. Piper creates a sense of depth by varying the sizes of the bodies, some with smiles, some with no faces at all. Her select use of color, applied in forceful marks, provides insight to her emotions tied to the events.
|Acrylic paint marker on canvas, 32 x 20 inches, 2002.|