DREAMING TURTLE

Public Mural, 2020

Acrylic, 67' x 25'  x 0

Individual led project; exploding with color, her work is hard to miss. 

“It’s meant to offer a symbol of hope and a sign that these uncertain times, and that it will soon pass,” Keen says. The bright pastel colors light up what used to be a dark concrete wall with positivity and an attempt to bring the ocean to the city. 

 

Keen describes Turtle Dreaming as a representation of the inward journey that we all take as creatures of this Earth, reflected in marine life. Old chapters end, new ones begin and through art, we embrace change. 

 

“I wanted to create a dream-like landscape that inspires hope and appreciation for the community.”   

 

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KALEIDOSCOPIC BEATS

Inlé Lake, Myanmar

Public Mural, 2020

Acrylic, 20' x 25'  x 0

Individual led project.

 

This large scale work is set in front of a boom box building and sets a tone for the bustling street of busy Inlé Lake, Myanmar.

 

Created on 6 month 2020 Southeast Asia Mural Tour. 

THE SECRET JUNGLE

Khopangan, Thailand

Public Mural, 2020

Acrylic, 20’ x 12 x 0’

Individual Project.

 

Inspired by the full moon cycles and past gathering upon the island, the mural embodies the surrounding jungle area with native flowers and plants.

 

Iconic square and detailed patterns appear once the viewer engages closely.

 

Emerged as a four part mural series through a 3 month Southeast Asia mural tour. 

WHALE OF A TALE

Public mural, 2014 acrylic, 10’ x 30’ x 0’ - Puerto Madryn, Argentina. 

Individual led project. Created at the most Northern region of Patagonia, Whale of a Tale brings to life colorful imagery of the Atlantic Patagonian landscape within the outline of a whale. Upon closer look, the viewer may discover a world map, native plants and animals.
 

The piece was produced from the 2013-2015 Latin American Mural Tour, a two year individually led mural project that led to the creation of over 20 murals throughout Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina, and Chile.

LAS SIETE ESTRELLAS

Cabanaconde, Peru

Public Mural, 2013

Acrylic Paint, 15’ x 45’

Individual Led Project; A product of a two-month residency in the world's second-largest canyon during the cosecha, or harvest, of corn in the canyon.

 

The town filled with celebration and fruitfulness, the mural incorporates elements of the canyons culture through symbols. The native Peruvian woman wears traditional clothing that includes patterns with tiny detail referring to the plants and animals of the region.

 

The seven stared image, the iconic focal point for the hats all the women proudly wear distinguishes which part of the canyon the women reside. The clothing is hand sewn.

 

The piece birthed from the 2013-2015 Latin American Mural Tour, a two year individually led mural project that led to the creation of over 20 murals throughout Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina, and Chile.

SACRED WATERS

Portland, Oregon

Public Mural, 2018

Acrylic, 20’ x 8’ x 0

Individual Led Project;

 

Utilizing the pre-existing triangle reliefs on the wall, the piece not only highlights the shapes but adds similar colors on top of one another to create a more three-dimensional illusion.

 

The mural conceived as apart of the Biketopia Music Collective 2019 Bicycle Tour where we organized over 30

pedal-powered music and art festivals from Vancouver, Canada to Oakland, California.

 

Created in the Hollywood district of Portland, this mural stands alongside busy streets and booming businesses.

ARRIVING

Berlin, Germany

Public Mural, 2018 Acrylic 

9’ x 25’ x 0’  

Individual Led Project.

 

“Arriving” explores the relationship between color, movement.

 

Set in a bustling hostel in Berlin, the piece communicates the need for more color and playful spaces throughout the concrete city confines.

 

The mural emerged as apart of the 2018 European Mural Tour where six new large scale works throughout Bosnia, Portugal, Spain, Germany large scale and the Netherlands.

THE PORTLAND PERSPECTIVE

Portland, Oregon

Public Mural, 2019

Acrylic, 10’ x 30’ 

Individual Led Project;

 

In the largest Molly Keen creation yet, this massive piece stands tall with over 100 iconic landmarks, parks, bridges and buildings that make Portland unique.

 

Designed on sketch up three dimensional beforehand to get the correct isometric point of view, the piece took over 80 hours of planning and research to create the design.

INTO THE SEA

Porto, Portugal.

Public Mural, 2018 Acrylic Paint, 10’ x 45 '

Individual Led Project;

Created from a one-month residency in Porto, Portugal a busy Atlantic Ocean city known for its Roman architecture, Porto wine, and public art.

 

Here, one may discover the images of an inspiring tale about native plant life and animals of the Atlantic Ocean depicted through hidden images behind the Octopus.

 

The mural emerged as apart of the 2018 European Mural Tour where six new large scale works throughout Bosnia, Portugal, Spain, Germany large scale and the Netherlands. 

DIVE IN

Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Public Mural, 2018

Acrylic, 9’ x 12’ 

Individual Led Project.

1-month Residency with the Inkijkmuseum, a museum that focuses on community engagement as a mobile and global exhibition art and awareness exhibition in the form of street theatre performance.

 

Curator Martin Voorbij story tells visiting Artists paintings through performance and storytelling. The mural is on the backside of the museum in Eindhoven that overlooks a community park and lake viewable from the main highway. The mural emerged as apart of the 2018 European Mural Tour.

ANACONDA

Puerto Maldanado, Peru

Public Mural, June 2013

Acrylic Paint, 20’ x 65’ 

Individual led project.

 

Nestled in the jungle of Peru, Puerto Maldonado is home to anacondas, Made de Dios river, and luscious landscape. The mural plays with tiny details for a journey of discovery of hidden elements. Inside the piece, one will encounter poetry, hidden images of the surrounding area and color. Painted with locals playing music and watching, the mural lives on in the Amazon.

 

The piece produced from the 2013-2015 Latin American Mural Tour, a two year individually led mural project that led to the creation of over 20 murals throughout Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina, and Chile. 

AIRMID

Oakland, California

Public Mural, 2018

Aerosol, 100’ x 18’ 

Individual Led Project.

 

The first large scale mural with the use of Aerosol as a way to experiment with color contrast.

 

The violet Serpent Airmid, the Celtic Goddess of healing through herbs and transformation, is depicted as a snake. The consciously chosen violet set inside the snake reveals the snake's healing powers of health and balance.

 

The mural resides alongside the iconic Denmark Bakery of Oakland, a cooperative run 10-year-old business. Additionally, the work is alongside two blocks of homeless encampments in Oakland.

ROTTEN CITY LOGO

Emeryville, California

Public Mural, 2017

Acrylic, 16’ x 45’

Individual Led Project.

 

Perspectives shift as one approaches the mural, viewing the Rotten City Logo, a monkey riding a greyhound, symbolizing the history of Emeryville as the once wild west ridden with gambling, alcohol during the prohibition, and industry taking hold of this iconic neighborhood.

 

Take a closer look, and see the arrows leading to the doorway, movement shifting the viewer to engage more intimate to the piece. 

Team Building Community Mural!

 

A large scale panoramic Seattle skyline with participation from Lyft employees as a team-building mural project.

 

Similar to that of paint by numbers, participants filled in all the colors throughout the mural and learned different painting techniques and applications. 

Collaboration with Lyft and Urban Artworks of Seattle, WA.

STARLIT 

Seattle, WA

Public Mural

Acrylic Paint, 25’ x 11’ 

HEALTHY FOOD COMMUNITY MURAL

Oakland, California

Public Mural, 2019 Acrylic 

15’ x 10’ x 0’  

Community Mural with Brookefield Elementary School with 10-15 particpants in the 5th grade.

 

Collaboration with Upward Roots the work features healthy foods that the youth wanted featured after 2 day workshops discussing the importance of healthy foods in schools.

© 2020 by Molly Keen