The fictional landscapes depicted in my paintings are inspired by places I’ve been, but reimagined into exaggerated environments exploring the tension between human progress and nature. I grew up in suburban Long Island where natural landscapes were raised to make way for prefabricated housing developments, strip malls and industrial parks. I saw similarities in Greenpoint Brooklyn where I lived for 17 years watching new construction brought on by gentrification chip away at the quaintness and character of the original architecture. Now, moving out to the east end of Long Island I see new crops of prefab houses sprouting over farmland.
The collage paintings are created though collaging strips of oil-painted paper, as well as found materials such as vintage magazines and postcards onto natural birch panels. Architectural elements are carved directly into the wood and then stained with oil, creating permanent incisions into the wood itself, symbolizing the permanence of the altered landscape.
Cheryl received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Pratt Institute. Her work has been exhibited across the U.S. including Smack Mellon in New York, The University of Arizona, The Islip Art Museum on Long Island and the General Electric Headquarters in CT. Cheryl recently participated in the winter workspace program at Wave Hill in Riverdale, NY and has held residencies at Smack Mellon, Weir Farm Art Center in Wilton, CT and Cooper Union. Notable collections featuring her work include Cantor Fitzgerald and Microsoft.
New York Times
JUNE 16, 2017 Opinion | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Keep America Wild
By RICHARD POWERS
"Headquarters" was used to illustrate an op-ed story about the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and Trump politics.
Posted May 26, 2017
‘Unnatural Landscapes’ blends nature with manmade structures
Cheryl Molnar’s work, ‘Unnatural Landscapes,’ explores the intersection between the natural and built environment. Molnar spent months layering painted paper and photographs of natural landscapes with urban architectural fixtures.
By Tiffany Moustakas
Art appreciation: Exhibit keeps it real estate
Building up: Cheryl Molnar’s artwork documents the rapid-fire real estate devleopment in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, offering commentary on the pros and cons of the changes.
By Allegra Hobbs
May 14, 2010
Cheryl Molnar Layered Landscapes
By Nika Night
Fascinated by the shifts and alterations constantly happening to the urban locales in which she lives, Molnar creates intricate, powerful collages that capture tenuous moments of architectural change.