Molly Erin McCarthy, a.k.a molly.erh, is a visual artist based in Plymouth, UK. She received a First Class BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Plymouth College of Art in 2020.
Working predominantly with 3D & New Media, her practice explores the multi-layered, entangled realities we increasingly find ourselves existing within, focusing on materiality, narrative & place.
McCarthy employs speculative fiction as a framing device across her practice, drawing on her love of sci-fi, internet lore, & video-games. She has recently begun incorporating the various fictions scattered throughout her works into an expansive AU (alternate universe).
Often making direct reference to specific sites & histories across Devon & Cornwall, her practice reflects upon growing up in a rural, naval town during the rise of Web 2.0. Her works explore the impact of the military & networked technology on our perceptions of landscape & power, while also tapping into themes of hauntology & nostalgia.
Alongside her practice Molly works as a freelance arts technician & producer, having worked with organisations such as Plymouth Art Weekender, KARST Contemporary Arts & MIRROR. She is also a current Co-Director of the member-led creative network CAMP (Contemporary Art Membership Plymouth).
(っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ Upcoming ♥
2021 Devon Based Emerging Artist Residency, Rame Projects, Cornwall, UK.
2021 Plymouth Contemporary, KARST/The Arts Institute, Plymouth, UK.
(っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ Selected Exhibitions ♥
2021 RHIZODOME, auto:save, UK/Online.
2020 Still Here Still Life X Implied Gallery X Molly Erin McCarthy, Interactive Virtual Sculpture, UK/EU/Online.
2020 ROAD RALLY V.1.0, Barcu Expo, Columbia/Online.
2020 New Realities, DeepFatFried Collective, UK/EU/Online.
2020 In The Withdrawing Room, CSM Culture, Criticism & Curation, UK/Online.
2020 Virtual Sculpture Garden, Implied Gallery, UK/Online.
2020 Incorporeal Laguna : A Tribute to an Art Show, Ypuccko Gallery, EU/Online.
2020 Ancient Futures in Organic Cyberspace, auto:save, UK/Online.
2020 Well Now, WTF?, Silicon Valet, USA/Online.
2020 The Wretched of the Screen, The Wrong Biennale, Magdalena Art Space, Oxford, UK.
2019-2020 goingaway.tv, The Wrong Biennale, Arebyte/AOS, London, UK.
2019 NOTOPIA, Leadworks, Plymouth, UK.
2019 Warehouse Party #002, The Auxiliary, Middlesbrough, UK.
2019 STREAM, Wharf Chambers, Leeds, UK.
(っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ Commissions ♥
2020 State of Emergency, The Box, Plymouth, UK.
(っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ Residencies ♥
2019 Lot Residency #001, Silicon Valet, USA/Online.
2019-2020 The Wretched of the Screen, The Wrong Biennale, Digital Artist Residency, UK/Online.
2019 Instagram Residency, ORBIT, UK/Online.
2019 Instagram Residency, Low Res Camera Roll, UK/Online.
(っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ Talks ♥
2021 Oh Sh*t, I’m A Graduate! Thoughts & Reflections On Going From Art Student To Arts Professional, Plymouth College of Art, UK (online).
2020 Software and Sculpture : Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying & Love My Class Background, Don’t Worry I’m Sick and Poor, Royal College of Art, UK (online).