Molly Springfield makes graphite drawings and installations that use printed texts as their source material. Her work often focuses on the history of information and representation, addressing oppositions between reproduction and originality, seeing and reading, and technology and labor.
Her projects include an interactive archive exploring the ways that marginalia reveals relationships between readers and texts; drawings of photocopies of books on the history of conceptual art; a "translation" of Proust's In Search of Lost Time in the form of graphite-on-paper drawings; and investigations into the proto-history of the Internet, Google's patents for book-scanning technology, the invention of calotype photography in the 1830's, and the history of how drawing is taught.
Reviews of Springfield's work have appeared in Artforum, Art Papers, Modern Painters, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Village Voice, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Chicago Tribune. Her work has also been included in books including The Thing The Book: A Monument to the Book as Object (Chronicle Books, 2014), Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy (Artbook/DAP 2014) and It Is Almost That: A Collection of Image+Text Work by Women Artists & Writers (Siglio Press 2011).
Her most recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Galerie Thomas Zander (Cologne, Germany), Flashpoint (Washington, DC), and Steven Wolf Fine Arts (San Francisco). Recent museum exhibitions 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 Drawing Center, New York; The Hafnarborg Museum, Iceland; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; The Portland Museum of Art; the University of Richmond Museums; and the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University.
Springfield's work is included in both private and public collections, including the Sally & Wynn Kramarsky Collection and the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, was a participant at Skowhegan in 2006, and a MacDowell fellow in 2016.