Artist Statement

"Working in the forms of puppets and processions I create visual performances that are magical, homegrown and somewhat humorous.  The work ranges in scale from quiet intimate puppet shows to grand processions that engage communities as visual alchemists transforming their neighborhoods into places of spectacle.  The visual style is bold, graphic and colorful utilizing a wide range of materials chosen for the specificity of use, aesthetics and movement."

 

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Bio

Molly is an artist and academic working in the field of cultural performance including puppetry and parades.

She is founder of  NANA PROJECTS a multidisciplinary nonprofit inventing innovative artwork that draws people together in public spaces, strengthening their sense of community identity through shared cultural experience.  Ross’ eclectic background includes training in theater, puppetry, circus arts and sculpture.  She received a BS from Northwestern University in theater and an MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Maryland Institute College of Art in the Interdisciplinary  Sculpture Department for six years teaching puppetry, performance and community art.

In 2010 she recieved the prestigious UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence for the Shadow Puppet Performance, Alonzo's Lullaby.

 

Molly lives with her family in Key West.