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The University The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History presents the MA thesis exhibition of Molly Lay, titled Time and Tension, April 1 through May 27, 2022. Lay’s exhibition of sculpture will be installed along the trail at Munny Sokol Park in Northport, Alabama. Read this press release online.


In her statement about this work, Molly Lay writes that she “explores human responses to the passage of time…Every day, each one of us decides where and how to use our time. Except it’s not ours. Time answers to no one. What most interests me is what time demands of us.”


Lay is drawn to a variety of materials for her work. For this work, she forged steel and made paper from abaca fibers. “Scrap metal, natural, found objects and textiles have been consistent materials in my studio practice over the most recent years,” she said. The objects, she says, speak to her as an artist when she works with them. “There is an important exchange that occurs between artist and material. Each learns from the other. Listening is the key.”


Molly Lay is a graduate student in sculpture and a teaching assistant in 3D Design. She received the Leslie and Francis Posey Foundation Graduate Art Scholarship in fall 2021. She has held an internship at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Education and Community Engagement and worked as a curator for the Great Explorations Children’s Museum in Saint Petersburg, Fla., and summer art program coordinator at Brookwood Baptist Church in Birmingham. As a freelance artist, she created illustrations for advertisements and painted a mural in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 2018. She received the BA in studio art from Samford University and studied a semester at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland.


Munny Sokol Park is located at 5901 Watermelon Road in Northport, Alabama. Directions to the park can be found at this website and this map shows parking for the trail on which Lay’s work will be installed. 

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