Born in Monterey California, Molly McCall was surrounded by infamous photographers and the West Coast Landscape tradition. Molly’s interest in fine art began at an early age with drawing and painting, and continued in to darkroom photography working with color and black/white film and chemistry, as well as various antiquarian photographic processes. Her current photographic work incorporates many artistic mediums including collage, oil paint, and pencil.
Molly’s work is in several private collections, has been featured in Architectural Digest magazine, and has been in exhibitions across the country, including the Griffin Museum of Photography, New Orleans Museum of Southern Art, Triton Museum of Art, Center for Fine Art Photography, Martin Museum of Art, the Center for Contemporary Arts, Houston Center for Photography, SohoPhoto, The Image Flow, Center for Photographic Art, The Midwest Center for Photography, Museum of the Big Bend, and The Photo Place. She resides in Carmel Valley California with her husband Gordon and their German Shorthaired Pointers.
Nothing comes from Nothing
My interest in memory lies in the exploration of the relationships between the passage of time, repetition, and loss, including reappearance and forgetting. I work with both found photography and discarded Super 8mm film to reimagine personal as well as collective memories that challenge the photographic notion of truth and teeter on the possibility of fiction. The imagery is a diverse collection of composites, recreating layers and fragments of the past similar to the way memory is created, stored and recalled. I am searching for the balance between truth and fiction and seeking to reconcile that uncertainty.
The title of this series, “Nothing comes from nothing”, is referred to in many literary sources- The Bible, Shakespeare, Classic philosophy, theatre, film, and music. These varied references include the idea that existence is an infinite succession of moments, and even with no change, there is temporal change. I am keenly interested in the altering of memory over time, and the subsequent narrative that speaks hauntingly to the present.