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Reflections: Senior Artist Molly Bair Discusses Her Work on Display Through May 15

Molly Bair’s art is part of the Cedar Crest College Senior Art Exhibition, which will be displayed in the Lachaise Gallery in Miller Family Building through May 15. Her thoughts on the inspiration and motivation behind her work are below as the second in a series of brief articles on students participating in the exhibition.

“My work reflects a need to have a connection. I look to bones, specifically the spine which upholds and sends messages throughout the body. I explore nature for ideas and metaphors. I look within myself to understand my position and interpretation of my surroundings. I sketch other people to know them better. My work is not a realist interpretation; it’s an emotional response to mundane or grand things.

“I draw from sticks and bones often. Sticks are the exposed bones of trees. Trees are living skeletal structures, and the connection between human and nature is undeniable. Trees, like humans, have a circulatory system, require water for growth, and have the ability to adapt. In contemporary society the distance between people and nature has increased because of the advancement of technology. We are closer to the digital world, which is exciting because we facilitated our connection with each other. My paintings and drawings capture stillness or longing for contact. Longing for and connecting to our and other realities—natural, digital or personal—is a part of being alive.”

The Lachaise Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., as well as by appointment. For an appointment or additional information, contact Gallery Coordinator Brian Wiggins at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.