mollie caffey has an MFA Department of Fiber and Materials Studies Tyler School of Art and Architecture. Their work is collage in many dimensions: individual pieces including video, sound, writing, drawings, and sculpture brought together in a myriad of configurations never to be exactly replicated. They are working in the language of theater sets, public access television shows, and places of devotion to create immersive sometimes actively interactive environments. These spaces are for awakening the imagination of the world (the audience) and affirming the reciprocal relationship between care and boundless envisioning of the possibilities of making and shaping our world. mollie is from the Midwest and currently based in Philadelphia, PA.
This is a practice in activating the unseen body, an emotional body that is housed inside of the material individual and collective bodies. The unseen body is imprinted with everything that has ever occurred, we hold it inside of us, it is life force, it is too impulsive to ever become tangible. I am investigating the strength of this body and the infinite fibrous connections of it: in this way the work of spiders and webs, nets is extremely important to a translation of the unseen.
The work deals in the precarious nature of all matter: the retention of memory and its subject to time and place, how the physical and temporal world seem stable and prove to be endlessly uncertain. I am creating a loop of relation through reconfiguration of objects, which opens up the opportunity for a shift in perception and perceptual change.
Based in the aesthetic and spatial concerns of theater sets, installation art, and places of pilgrimage, the work transcends fixed notions of what our sensorial experiences are supposed to be. In conversation with ideas presented through alternative realities, science fiction, meta and astrophysics, and the philosophy of world-building, I embrace the liminality of time as it is tracked through personal and collective history. Religious and occult iconography and practices, especially around death and reaching unseen worlds of spirits, are a well from which archetypal narrative and imagery is drawn: to convey then question truths on which we build our worlds.
Water, salt, rope, dried plant materials, wax, and paper are all important components of traditional rituals, symbols of purification, and materials employed directly in my work. Electricity is vital to this, as it is the unseen body contained inside of the corporeal, thus video and audio components are inevitable and imperative means of translation in the work.
Serena Hocharoen is an Asian-American artist working in installation, print, zines, fiber, sound and ceramics. The objects and spaces she makes are representations of dreams: dreams of remembering comfort, belonging, and transcendence. Originally from the Midwest, she is currently based in Philadelphia and holds an MFA in Printmaking at Tyler School of Art and Architecture.
If the diasporic body is in constant motion in between cultural spaces, how does it come to rest? My work is an investigation of my own Asian-American experience, reexamining objects, spaces, and memories that have personally served as resting places.
Drawing from memories and dreams of domestic and culturally specific public spaces like Thai restaurants or bubble tea cafes, I create installations and participatory works that question what utopia and belonging might look like through the lens of diaspora. Filling these spaces with objects that combine traditional craft processes with mundane found objects, my work explores cultural connections and misconnections resulting from a search for comfort.
Within immersive, dream-like installations supplemented with printed ephemera and music playlists, I am creating hybrid places of rest and motion for the in-between states of uncertainty. At Cherry Street Pier, Garden is a living, breathing, and growing body in motion. It develops its own roots while floating. In collaboration with Mollie Caffey, it is an enclosed space that provides access to inner worlds and reflection, sprouting futures of healing, care, and patience.
mollie caffey + Serena Hocharoen
Plants, wood, casters, wire, soil.