A weaver working at the intersection of art, craft, and design, Molly Haynes creates tactile sculptures that investigate structure and materiality. Her materials and methods demonstrate tensions between humans and the natural world. She utilizes unconventional materials such as unprocessed plant fiber, monofilament fishing line, and salvaged marine ropes to construct undulating forms suspended in space, enveloping the viewer.
In this series, Nets with Holes, Haynes highlights what is essential to her material understanding: “Invisible monofilament threads accentuate the plant fibers’ inherent beauty, while silently controlling their serpentine movement across the surface.” The dialogue between natural and synthetic fibers the carefully constructed cavities punctuating the two-dimensional plain. The voids formed in the weaving process are teased open after the work is released from the loom, enabling the structures to flex and unfurl. The textile sculptures are responsive to light, sometimes appearing iridescent and other times like x-rays.