Within Mollie Goldstrom’s recent art practice, seaweed functions as a site of convergence between interlocking narratives and histories, encompassing many centuries and coastal environments. Working in multiple modes, she explores seaweed as a vehicle for curiosity, optimism, and transcendence as well as a reflection of human and environmental exploitation and devastation. Amidst anxieties of forces outside individual control or comprehension; a rising climate of societal and ecological collapse, narrative drawing, writing, and cookery are her means of creating order, wonder, and understanding.
Goldstrom studied printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the University of Iowa. She has been a fellow at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, C-Scape, and the Scuola Internazionale de Grafica, and was a 2015 recipient of the John Anson Kittredge Fund. In 2018, she participated in the BiodiverSEEDy project: her drawings Folding lattice for agriculture in dry areas were commissioned for permanent storage at the site of the Nordic Gene Bank’s original seed vault in Svalbard, Norway. Originally from the northeastern US, she now lives and works in west Cornwall.