I am a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in paper, print, book, and fiber crafts. I have a fondness for the subcultures and subcultural practices that employ amateur and anti-authoritarian ideologies, and an appreciation for craft in all its forms--in its distinct and intermingling boundaries. In my practice, I patchwork together these specific aesthetic practices and do-it-yourself methods.
Fiber craft and print media are categories of making that facilitate exchange, that have the ability to tell stories, and can express manifold aspects of cultural identities. With this in mind, my work aims to stretch the limitations of artistic & craft legitimacy and subversively toe the line between amateur and expert, understanding that the interplay between the two is what creates ingenuity in art, craft & culture and also that these two camps are never truly distinct.
Molly Berkson lives in Chicago and is a teaching artist with After School Matters & ElevArte Community Studio. Berkson has recently exhibited work at After School Special in Milwaukee WI, Femme4Femme in Chicago as part 2nd Floor Rear, and at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY where she was a studio intern in 2016. Berkson graduated with her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015.