Women have been depicted in images throughout time: from the dark interior of prehistoric cave walls to the lofty ceilings of 17th century Cathedrals; immortalized in the classical art of oil on canvas to the film emulsion of 20th century photography. But we are now coming to the end of the first decade of the 21st Century and years of evolutionary digital technology, internet collaboration, evolution of CGI graphics, and a dramatic shift in the Western world's perspective of the beauty, power, and mystic of the female identity.
The art of Mol Smith echoes and reflects upon this dramatic change with the creation of a collection of stunning graphic images created through photography, manual digital manipulation, and through the significant collaboration of female models presenting themselves on the Internet.
'Embers' is that collection. It is a significant work to grab the attention of everyone interested in the Art of the female form, and the transition from 'old-world' ideas and technologies to the super-modern world of right now. Within these pages are the fertile seeds of future art yet to be conceived.
Mol combines sexuality, horror, and philosophical personal musing with dark humour, sadness, celebration, and often scathing attacks on time-honoured institutions that have oppressed women for centuries, in the most original and unique way. Open the book at any page and be moved to a new place, where beauty pulls you deceptively closer, and hard-hitting, underlying deeper truths cloaked in cryptic elements - slowly emerge to push you suddenly away.