Molly Rose Freeman
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5.24 // Snapshots from the Studio

I have been spending more time in the studio lately, giving form to ideas that have been swimming around in my head for years. I’ve been cooking up some concepts for 3D forms that use layers of color and light to give new dimension (both physical and experiential) to my patterns. These are the very first baby steps in this direction, and it excites me beyond belief to imagine what these will grow up to become!

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Wisdom From The Goddess Of The Dawn (And Oprah)

There is a huge pressure to do in our culture: to accomplish, to achieve, to produce. I feel this pressure all the time, as someone who produces things for a living. I'm prone to rushing and to worry and to always wanting to be productive. But honestly the best moments in my life—the revelations and the creative flow states and the things that become my favorite memories—all happen when I am moving within my natural rhythm. They happen when I'm allowing time for things to unfold at their own speed. Often, they happen in the pauses—those moments of emptiness like rests in a piece of music.

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Aurora

This mural is a tribute to Aurora, Roman goddess of the Dawn. It depicts her in the moment she is waking up, while the landscape around her is still rich and dark, just as she is inviting in the light of the new day. Her sister is Luna (the Moon) and her brother is Sol (the Sun), and Aurora tends the landscape space between them. She represents the magic time between waking and dreaming, nighttime and morning, when our imaginations are most open and alive. Like Persephone, Aurora embodies the power to bridge two worlds: one of darkness and one of light. With this mural, we celebrate her as a symbol of hope, transcendence, and the coming of a new day.

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Fuel For The Fire

There is something about fire that draws out our animal nature. Wherever there is fire, people will assemble—cookouts, campsites, bonfires. It isn't only moths who are drawn to the flame. We gather around it and, little by little, our essential selves begin to surface. The tone of the conversations change. Stories are told, walls come down, hearts crack open.

This is the power of fire.

Murals have a similar power. I've seen them draw people in and captivate them. I've seen them build a community by sheer magnetism. Maybe it's the color or the design, maybe it's the fact that someone is paying attention to a space that others had stopped seeing. There's a kind of alchemy that happens when you add paint and intention to a wall. Suddenly somewhere new exists that didn't exist before—a place within a place. Fire creates place the same way, by becoming a beacon of light to gather around.

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What's Old Is New Again

As my first “What’s New” post, here is something not new at all: an excerpt from a 2012 interview I did with Kristian Goddard. It feels like a lifetime ago and also I still resonate so strongly with the way I felt then about the beauty and importance of public art, and my own role within its large, diverse landscape.

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