Mollie Douthit / Acts of Patience

Mollie Hamburgers in subway, Oil on Linen Panel,18x24cm, 2017

Mollie Hamburgers in subway, Oil on Linen Panel,18x24cm, 2017

2nd September – 21st October 2017


‘Words are an impure medium. Better far to have been born into the silent kingdom of paint.’ Virginia Woolfe

Based primarily in the Burren since 2013, painter Mollie Douthit brings a new body of work, ‘Acts of Patience’ to The Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon this September.

A painter with an elemental relationship to the process of making work, in making these works Douthit has consciously taken time and care, forcing herself not to rush the process of making.

Frequently focusing on objects in isolation, commonplace or domestic, Douthit’s eye allows us to view her subjects in a new context, divorced from their usual place in the world. The result is the elevation of benign items to the realm of the uncanny, Douthit’s deft hand transforming the banal to the sublime.

In this new body of work, Douthit exhibits new drawings, watercolours and oil paintings, each on an intimate scale. Made in Ireland and North Dakota, the work spans the artist’s life here and at home. A series of studies of a favourite chair from her Burren studio appears in various guises, draped with objects belonging to close friends, while her beloved dog Ted is captured in a succession of nimble drawings of eloquent economy.

She explains, “If I patiently wait for a subject to reveal itself I will be rewarded with the opportunity to see, understand, and represent it in a way that is truthful to me.

My work is simple. I consider my work to be a silient conversation between myself and a subject, and I use the medium of paint or graphite and the properties it contains to best express my connection and understanding of the subject or memory.

Any conversation between two individuals, a subject and an object, or self, requires a trust between these two entities. And the act of patience in listening and understanding and reacting to each other is part of that form of communication.

These conversations often occur interally for myself.

When these moments of communication come to a close I hope to have expelled something of myself into theses subjects. That expelling is visualized on the surface of the paper or canvas. In turn I would like that my understanding of the subject reaches a new level and I best explain this subjects specificities I a way that is visually honest and accurate in conjunction with my emotional connection to them.

Anne Mullee, Curator
August 2017

Artist Biography

Mollie Douthit is an American painter who has resided between Ireland and North Dakota since 2013. Her work has been published in New American Paintings, Studio Visit Magazine, Hyperallergic, The Irish Arts Review, and the Irish Independent.  Reviews have been published in the Irish Times, and Sunday Times Culture.

Her work is included in both public and private international collections. Douthit has been awarded funded residencies at the Ballinglen Arts foundation, and Tyrone Guthrie Centre. In 2013 she was the recipient of the Hennessy Craig Award from the RHA, and shortlisted for Saatchi Art’s New Sensation Prize.

In 2017 Douthit held an exhibition at the North Dakota Museum of Art part of ‘The Maker’s Series’ Additional 2017 exhibitions include: Home group exhibition 440 Gallery, Brooklyn; The Hermione Art Exhibition 2017, Alexandra College, Dublin; Crazy Jane- works inspired by W.B. Yeats ‘Crazy Jane’ poems, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo.

2016 exhibitions include Contemporary Realism group exhibition- Catherine Hammond Gallery; Courtship KCAT Engagement group Exhibition- Kilkenny Arts Festival; and a solo exhibition Paintings at the NUIG Staff club. 2015 Exhibitions include a solo exhibition Paintings at the RHA Ashford Gallery; Panorama group exhibition- Pallas Projects, Dublin. In 2014 Douthit was highlighted through Saatchi Art’s ‘Invest in art series’. 2014 Exhibitions include the Continental Shift– Saatchi Gallery, London; If I show you the roses-Rubicon Projects, Dublin.