We all deserve ways to celebrate our connection to place. But our culture offers few options. Most maps we look at are streamlined, digitized, and transportation based- how to get from Point A to Point B. Mapping has become an automated service to get us where we want to go-- faster, without delays, without hassle. We have forgotten that maps have always been, and need to be, so much more than navigation tools.
Maps can offer authentic, personal orientation. Maps can ground our hearts as well as our minds. They are a surface of human meaning. They orient our lived experience within the vastness of our imagined worldview. We need maps that express what places matter to us, what is happening to the planet around us, and how we feel about all of that. Maps that are expressive, alive, imperfect-- because they were made with the passion of the human hand.
The mission of MollyMaps is to better understand our place on a dynamic planet through map-making and creative geographic expression. This work involves commissions, exhibits, public art works, community mapping projects, K-12 art education projects, and all-ages workshops.
Molly is a visual artist, map-maker and geographer. She discovered geography at Middlebury College and went on to receive a Ph.D. in Human Geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received a Watson Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to explore the value of map-making for communities and individuals. Molly has worked in environmental and art education for organizations, universities and schools across the country. Her current projects involve map-making with children, conveying climate change through landscape painting, and custom maps for place-based organizations.
Her work has been featured in The Alpinist, The Middlebury Magazine, The Starbucks Digital Network and The New York Times.
Clients include: The Nature Conservancy, The American Mountain Guide Association, The World Wildlife Fund, The Trust for Public Land, The Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, Climber and Writer Majka Burhardt, and the Schoodic Peninsula Visitor's Center.