Geraldine Molia's work is recognisable by the juxtaposition of a vibrant nature with geometrical forms made from copper, gold leaves and watercolours.
This abundant Nature represents the artist's emotional landscape, often hidden from the external world, sometimes even from herself. Do we know for certain who we are? This botanical mapping transpires to be the accumulation of the artist's family history, body memory, encounters, disappointments, dreams, beliefs, separations and successes, everything that can shape a human being. Her inner world constantly evolves in the light of the seasons of her life experience. The aperture of this cabinet of wonders fluctuates between a fervency to reveal the inside and a fierceness to protect from the exterior.
By contrast, the geometrical forms emphasise the external world of the artist, symbolised by Architecture. The dimensions of the copper, gold and watercolour shapes refer to standardised elements of architecture or interiors such as the brick, the window, the wall or the curtain.
The exploration of the emotional landscape with the external architecture comes from the artist experience living from the age of 10 in the hotel owned and managed by her father. For 13 years, Molia navigated within the thin boundary of private and public spaces, personal life and professional appearance, sometimes interlocking between each other in an abrupt way. This extra-ordinary way of living allowed the artist to meet and greet people from all around the world but also highlighted a strong sense of intrusion. Her work explores this link between her inner world and the pursue of her ideal protected, physical house, an architectural space that anchors memories and acts as a frame, a cocoon.
Molia's art is about what is not seen and also reveals itself as ambivalent. Do these geometrical shapes and forms symbolise a patch or a hole? Nature and Architecture can guide to navigate the world in both a spiritual and practical sense. An exploration between internal uniqueness and everyone's need via standardisation.
Molia’s works are held in private collections in The UK, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Spain, The USA and The Netherlands. She has been exhibited across the UK and Europe.
Molia is a Franco-British visual artist and art educator. Born in France in 1984, she currently lives in London and works in an architectural practice. Molia received a BA in Art History specialised in architecture (Tours, France - 2005) and an MA in Cultural Projects Management (Paris - 2007). She is an active ArtCan member since 2017, an organisation that enables artists to find their voice and sustain their practice.
We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness
that one thing against another creates.
In Praise of Shadows
The hands want to see,
the eyes want to caress
Architecture is essentially
an extension of nature
into the man-made realm,
providing the ground for perception
and the horizon of experiencing
and understanding the world
The Eyes of the Skin