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Molly Wood

Molly Wood is a photographer based in Des Moines, Iowa.  Wood’s images explore botanicals as metaphors for the natural cycles of life, death, and rebirth, as well as the complexity and duality of experiences in life that can be part healing and part toxic. Her most recent series Fatal Flora features plants used for centuries for sustenance, medicine and later associated with witchcraft. In growing and handling these dangerous plants throughout their growth cycles, she studies their seductive beauty as well as taming and controlling their deadly potential.

Wood’s images explore the interplay between modern technologies and art history. Using recent digital advances in photography, all images in this series are styled using only natural window light with traditional Dutch still life paintings in mind. She creates portraits of these botanicals in formal, sacred spaces, often at an intensely intimate distance, and then presents these vignettes as large-scale color photographs in order to invite the viewer into her myopic examination of the world at ten times the size of real life.

Wood earned an undergraduate degree in Photojournalism at TCU in Ft Worth, Texas and then went on to get a Master’s in Art History focusing on photography from SMU in Dallas.  She is represented in Iowa by Olson-Larsen Galleries and is affiliated with Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas.   She manages commercial photo shoots at Meredith Corporation for Better Homes and Gardens products and teaches History of Photography as an adjunct professor at DMACC.

She has held solo exhibitions at Iowa State University in Ames, St Ambrose University in Davenport, Southern Methodist University in Dallas and at the Muscatine Art Museum in Muscatine, Iowa.  Wood has been included in exhibitions at the Dubuque Art Museum, the Freeport (Illinois) Art Museum, the Midwest Center for Photography (Wichita, Kansas), Olson Larsen Gallery, the Kansas City Society of Contemporary Photography.  Wood was recently the subject of a cover article in the July / August 2017 issue of DSM Magazine and was named a 2018 Iowa Arts Council Fellow.

To view more of her work, visit her website at www.mollywoodphoto.com
Images are printed in editions of 5 available in 30x30, 20x20, and limited 10x10.

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CLEMATIS, 6890, 2018
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 30 x 30
Price: $1,000.00

TULIP, 7825, 2018
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 30 x 30
Price: $1,000.00

Violets, 3225, 2017
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 30 x 30
Price: $1,000.00


QUEEN ANNE'S LACE, 3997, 2018
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 20 x 20
Price: $700.00

IRIS, 7567, 2017
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 20 x 20
Price: $700.00

LILY OF THE VALLEY, 9536, 2018
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 20 x 20
Price: $700.00


HELLEBORE, 9353, 2018
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 20 x 20
Price: $700.00

POPPIES, 9739, 2018
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 20 x 20
Price: $700.00

POPPIES, 9770, 2018
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 30 x 30
Price: $1,000.00


NIGHTSHADE, 2016
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 20 x 20
Price: $700.00

POKEWEED, 2016
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 20 x 20
Price: $700.00

MORNING GLORY
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 20 x 20
Price: $700.00


POPPY OPEN, 0088, 2017
Media: Photo print
Dimensions: 30 x 30
Price: $1,000.00

VIOLETS, 2979
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 30 x 30
Price: $1,000.00

STILL LIFE WITH ORANGE, 291
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 30 x 30
Price: $1,000.00


ROSES STILL LIFE, 063
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 30 x 30
Price: $1,000.00

DATURA IN VASE, 025
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 10 x 10
Price: $250.00

ZINNIA ON BOOK, 045
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 10 x 10
Price: $250.00


QUEEN ANNE'S LACE, 3985
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 10 x 10
Price: $250.00

POPPY CENTER, 3837
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 10 x 10 or 20 x 20
Price: $250.00 or $500.00

LILY OF THE VALLEY, 3434
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 10 x 10
Price: $250.00


DATURA BLOSSOM, 1936
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 20 x 20
Price: $700.00

DATURA, 001
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 10 x 10
Price: $250.00

DATURA, 4026
Media: Photograph
Dimensions: 10 x 10
Price: $250.00


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