A Statement by the Artist:
Molly Kars

There are many essential traits separating humans from animals and much of my
anthropomorphic artwork is an exploration of this differentiation between us and them. How we
create and sustain relationships, how we communicate, our ability to think abstractly, our
biological tendencies, cultural expectations, and social conventions (should we choose to agree
to them)—these are the underlying themes that direct each of my paintings. With each portrait, I
feel as though I am a little bit closer to understanding not only us, but also them—the fascinating
and bizarre creatures that co-exist on this beautiful planet. Some call it “spirit”, others say
“essence”, and others “soul”. Whatever you choose to call it, it resides within us all and it is
where I have focused my artistic attention; my family portraits are attempts at capturing this true
“spirit”. I am simultaneously hinting at our tendency to be tribal, our deep-seeded desire to run
wild and be free, our fear of vulnerability and lastly, our ability to be self-aware and have a
conscience. I also just really want to make you smile.

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Nielsen Arts

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1537 Solano Avenue

Berkeley, California 94707

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