Molly Metz’s (b. 1992; lives and works in Philadelphia) paintings channel the complexity of existence from the cellular to the astronomical, from the terrestrial to the aquatic, and the nooks and crannies in-between. Many of Metz’s works feature words and short phrases that bring humor into the picture. Tiny texts are often embedded within odd-shaped forms (cells, squiggles, gestures) with words occasionally so small that at first glance we might mistake them for thready bits of organic material. Adding to the depth of field of her already richly painted surfaces are collage elements that interact with painted grounds. Metz’s paintings sometimes hold secret surprises—extemporaneous and process-oriented sketches in paint and other media on the reverse of their supports.
Metz has a BA from Kutztown University (2014) and an MFA (painting) from Tyler School of Art (2016). She has had a solo exhibition at Fleisher/Ollman, Day Space, and has been included in group exhibitions at Fjord, Pilot Projects, Woodmere Art Museum, and Space 1026 (all in Philadelphia) and YUI Gallery, New York.