Post-apocalyptic happiness and the eternal quest for Self: The fine art of Molly Jochem |

Post-apocalyptic happiness and the eternal quest for Self: The fine art of Molly Jochem

Molly is on a mission.

She writes: “I am always striving to uncover an essential truth of human kind, always trying to provide hope and a bit of excitement in my work. I am a firm believer in post apocalyptic happiness, and I try to prophesy about that a bit in my work as well.”

Look closely at her art, and you will see that her mission is a success.

One finds the human experience in her paintings. Multiple layers, patterns and textures form scenes and silhouettes that demonstrate both complexity and optimism.

Originally from Nevada City, Molly now lives in Portland where she exhibits in a variety of cafes and community based galleries.

She is the curator for a women’s art show at the music and arts festival, Siren Nation and the organizer for Paint Yer Art Out, a live painting fundraiser.

During the month of July, The Ridge Stop Café is hosting a solo exhibit of Molly Jochem’s paintings.

On Saturday from 5-7 p.m. the public will have a chance to meet Molly at her Artist Reception at The Ridge Stop Café, located at 29318 Highway 49 in North San Juan.

Contact information: 292-3488 and at

– Special to The Union

Career/title: Picture painter

Describe your art: Texured, patterned, ambiguous narrative, mixed media, paintings about living life.

How long doing it? Been showing for 10 years.

Why do you do it? Compulsion to make sense of the world and/or spend a lot of time contemplating it.

What do you hope to accomplish? Personal growth/insight/understanding for the whole planet.

Does my art convey a message? Just a suggestion to look on the bright side.

Where do you want to be with this in the future? Same place but with wrinkles?

Any special training required? BA in fine arts from SFSU.

Favorite part? Being in a flurry of inspiration with a looming deadline and a cleared schedule.

Least favorite part? The morning of an opening: Nothing to do but worry.

Time it takes? Every waking moment, and sometimes in my dreams, I am thinking about composition, pattern, meanings of life.

Is it hard to do? It is mostly hard being a painter when I am not actually painting. The actual putting paint on canvas is relatively easy compared to the plaguing doubt that encompasses me while not physically working.

Other comments: Please come see my work at the Ridge Stop Cafe, hanging through the month of July.

It is mostly about early life on the ridge. The opening is Sat, july 5th, 5- 7. Visit my website at

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