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Meet Molly Dickler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Molly Dickler.

Hi Molly, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
From as early as I can remember, I was interested in performing, costuming and creating events. I was always drawing, fooling around with clay, and inventing shows with friends in the neighborhood. I went to the Music Academy at Hamilton High where I studied singing, acting, dance, photography, drawing, and painting. During summers in high school, I went to art camps and decided to go to art school for college, where my interests focused first on Fashion Design and then on Photography. At Otis College of Art and Design, I ended up doing staged photographs that combine all my interests. I am my own model and make costumes and sets that I photograph. Doing these things are natural to me and are my passion.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It was difficult for me to find my focus at first, but after experimenting with a variety of art forms over time, my path became clear. I have finally put my passion into photography.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am an artist and photographer whose interests span visual arts, performance, and fashion design. As a photographer, I have experimented with lots of genres and styles, including portraits, fashion, urban landscape, animals, and journalism.

I started creating self-portraits in the fall of 2019 in a series called Housewife. I began by taking photos of myself wearing my late grandmother’s clothes. I thought of my grandma and her daily activities; I would put on her clothes and imagine I was her. When I did this, I started to get sad. The more I took photos of myself in her clothes telling her story, the more I realized I wanted to tell my own story.

For my next series, Loss of a Loved One, I wanted to revisit traumatic events in my life, and imagine others that might have happened. I had a few different ideas about how to do this. One was to stage whole scenarios. As I looked through my photo library, I decided I could project scenes I had photographed on the wall and then use props and costumes to complete them. The advantage of this approach is that it made the events, real or imagined, look like memories instead of documentary footage. Here are some of the photos from my series Housewife and Loss of a Loved One

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I am proud of my shows and publications. I completed a solo exhibition called The Loss of a Loved One in March 2021. I have participated in three group exhibitions: In Conclusion in December 2020 (an online group exhibition); Last Night I Dreamed Somebody Loved Me in September 2020 (an online group exhibition); and the Photo L.A. Fair in January 2020. My photographs have been published in Intima Magazine, Voyager LA Magazine, Global Traveler, Ok Magazine, STAR Magazine and Radar Online. I’ve acted in several short films and done on set photography.

I am excited and looking forward to the creative directions I can explore in the future doing what I love. I got to where I am by continuing to experiment with new ways of making photographs. One thing I’ve learned is that you have to keep developing innovative strategies and ideas. I also love collaborating and working with talented artists.

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Image Credits

Molly Dickler, Emiliano Contreras, Latife Whittington

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