Mollie Douthit: When Worlds Collide

Saturday 27 January – Sunday 24 March 2024
Mollie Douthit: Out West, oil on linen panel, 45 x 35cm, 2023 (detail) | Mollie Douthit: When Worlds Collide | Saturday 27 January – Sunday 24 March 2024 | Butler Gallery | Image: Mollie Douthit: Out West, oil on linen panel, 45 x 35cm, 2023 (detail) | two tables, one round (at least the part we can see of it is – it’s cut off by the right side of the image) and one rectangular more centrally, though cropped at the left side of the canvas; there’s a railing behind, and possibly a lake or the sea beyond that, and possible horizon; the rectangular table has two chairs at it, one near us, the other across the table from it; there are four probably empty amber glasses on the table; the style straightforward, without perspective adjustments

Butler Gallery is very pleased to present When Worlds Collide, a solo exhibition of recent work by the Irish-based, USA born artist, Mollie Douthit.

Mollie Douthit explores ideas of intimacy, domesticity and memory in her work. Her paintings celebrate everyday moments and personal experiences where her singular sense of humour prevails. Her paintings of interiors are representations of the sensory and remembered qualities of space and objects sourced from the visual filing cabinet of her mind.

“As works of auto-fiction, the process of painting has developed my awareness of memory’s fragility and truth’s flexibility…. As I develop the work, I try to make an object or space as emotive as it is in my mind. I notice the distance between the actual event and its existence as memory—one operates in the physical world, the other in the mental place; the act of painting bridges these two. Though these memories are my own, I trust that my process of remembering and imagining translates to something universal.” – From Douthit’s Artist Statement on her website.

Over time Mollie has developed a palette distinctly her own, expressing emotion using saturated vibrant colours, reminiscent of technicolour films from childhood. The body of work exhibited is mostly drawn from memories of Mollie’s beloved grandparent’s uniquely designed holiday home, situated on Pelican Lake in Minnesota, where Mollie spent summers as a child in the 1980s and ‘90s. It was a magical world that firmly remains in her mind as a place of hope and love.

In 2022, Mollie met her Swedish husband Arvid and he has had a significant impact on her life, cracking it wide open for her and creating even more overlap in life and work. The relationship has encouraged her to be more open and fluid with her days, something reflective in a number of these new paintings.

Mollie Douthit enjoys a simple quiet life outside Ballydehob, West Cork, where living and working takes place in a studio/home cabin situated down a winding boreen. Here, the closeness of nature provides her with a quality of life that informs her exceptional paintings.

Mollie Douthit (b. 1986) is originally from North Dakota and has resided between Ireland and the US since 2012. She holds a BFA from the University of North Dakota, a Post Baccalaureate from Tufts University, Boston and an MFA from Burren College of Art at National University Ireland, Galway. Major achievements include the 2013 RHA Hennessy Craig award, a solo exhibition at the North Dakota Museum of Art, twice awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant, a 2022 Arts Council Bursary, and 2022 acquisition of three works by the Arts Council, Ireland.

Douthit’s work has featured in publications such as Hyperallergic, The Irish Times, Sunday Times Culture, New American Paintings, and Ilikeyourworkpodcast. Her work has been supported by residencies at the Tony O’Malley residence, Jentel Foundation for the Arts, Tyrone Guthrie Center, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, and Vermont Studio Center.

Recent exhibitions include Tyranny of Ambition, Highlanes Gallery; Cover Versions, RHA; Save the best part, BernBaums, Fargo, North Dakota; and Generation 2022: New Irish Painting, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny. The artist is represented by the Molesworth Gallery, Dublin.

— From Douthit’s Artist Statement on her website.

When Worlds Collide Learning & Public Engagement Events

Artist Talk with Mollie Douthit


Image: Mollie Douthit: Out West, oil on linen panel, 45 x 35cm, 2023 (detail)
Saturday 27 January – Sunday 24 March 2024
Butler Gallery
Evans' Home
John’s Quay, Kilkenny
Telephone: +353 56 7761106
Admission / price: Free
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