Molly Springfield makes drawings and installations based on texts. Her work often focuses on transformative moments in the history of information and representation, addressing oppositions between reproduction and originality, seeing and reading, and technology and labor.
Her "translation" of Proust in the form of graphite-on-paper drawings is on view (through June 2, 2013) at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Her installation exploring the ways that marginalia reveals relationships between readers and texts is on view (through March 2013) at Steven Wolf Fine Arts in San Francisco. Later this year, her drawings of photocopies of books on the history of conceptual art will be exhibited at the Drawing Center in New York. Other recent and ongoing projects investigate the proto-history of the Internet, Google's book-scanning patent, the invention of calotype photography in the 1830's, and the history of how drawing is taught.
Springfield's work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art Papers, Modern Painters, The New Yorker, Village Voice, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Chicago Tribune, and is featured in a new anthology of image+text works by women artists, It Is Almost That. Exhibition venues include the American University Museum; Baltimore Museum of Art; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University; The Contemporary Museum; The Hafnarborg Museum in Iceland; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Portland Museum of Art; University of Richmond Museums; and the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University.
Springfield received her MFA in 2004 from the University of California, Berkeley and was a participant at Skowhegan in 2006.