Cheryl Molnar

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The fictional landscapes depicted in my collage paintings are inspired by places I’ve been, but reimagined into exaggerated environments that reflect man’s alteration of nature. So often, land is razed to make way for prefabricated housing developments, strip malls and industrial parks, which alter the natural beauty that initially attracted developers to these sites.

The collage paintings are created through collaging strips of oil-stained 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.