Jeffly Gabriela Molina is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist from Táchira, Venezuela. In 2016, she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has participated in multiple group and solo exhibitions and has been commissioned three public sculptures: Nest, Casa de Turpiales, and Vaca-Mariposa, all of which are permanently installed in several locations in Miami and Doral, Florida. Her most recent projects include a solo exhibition titled Suspiro at Kavi Gupta, and a curatorial collaboration with Stuart & Co Gallery titled As One Speaks to the Stone.
I paint with oils and watercolor, I draw, collage, and from time to time, I write poems. In order to represent my reality in pictorial form, I source, archive, and re-stage gestures and environments that convey a feeling, or that recall a precise occasion. I find certain gestures to be beautiful and absurd in their ability to convey emotion. My work presents recognizable imagery and everyday objects in dream-like contexts. That is because Magic Realism has had an effect on my ability to construct meaning with images and vice-versa. My compositions are often quiet and always engaged in universal themes of love, loss, family, and hope. In my recent paintings, I collage moments of daily life with figures and fragments of poems I write. Theology, ritual, and custom have begun to play an important role in the symbiology of my work. These images I create are inspired by memory and contemporary life in places I have lived both, in Venezuela and the United States.
Image Credits: Vasito de Agua para las Ánimas, 2020, oil on linen, 40 x 30 in.