Kurt S. Browning
Secretary of State
For Immediate Release
September 8, 2008
Contact: Brannon Solomon
Division of Cultural Affairs
Seasonal Crossings--Woodcuts by Mollie Doctrow on Display in the Cabinet Meeting Room
Tallahassee, FLORIDA –
Tallahassee, FL -- Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning announces Seasonal Crossings: Environmental Woodcuts of Central & South Florida, a showing of woodcut prints by Florida artist Mollie Doctrow. The prints will be on display through October 23, 2008, in the Cabinet Meeting Room on the Lower Level of the Florida Capitol.
“Doctrow’s prints capture both the beauty of South Florida’s landscape and the uniqueness of our state’s environment,” says Secretary Browning. “Her prints allow the viewer to see the details in complex natural settings while highlighting how interconnected and special Florida habitats are.”
Doctrow’s prints are inspired by Florida’s wild landscapes and many of the plants she depicts are rare, endangered, or threatened species. Several years ago, after a visit to a friend’s South Central Florida ranch, Doctrow was awed by the beauty of Florida’s native habitats. Fascinated by the exotic plants and variety of habitats she saw, Doctrow returned each year to explore, draw and make prints. She fell in love with the South Florida environment, relocating from North Carolina permanently in 2005. She has studied different Florida habitats in depth during residencies at Everglades National Park in 2003, Big Cypress National Preserve in 2005, and at Archibald Biological Station in 2007. The woodcut medium allows her to simplify complex images and explore the texture, rhythm, form and space of unique Florida natural settings. To her field sketches, Doctrow adds extensive research on the flora and fauna of the landscape to capture the natural forms accurately as well as the expressiveness of an ecosystem, “going beyond documentation.”
Originally form southern California, Doctrow received a Master of Arts from California State University in Northridge with a specialty in printmaking. Doctrow has received numerous grants and awards for her work. For the past three years she has been the curator at South Florida Community College's (SFCC) Museum of Florida Art and Culture. She also teaches computer graphics, drawing, printmaking and design at SFCC.
The exhibition is part of the Division of Cultural Affairs’ Capital Complex Exhibition Program. The Cabinet Meeting Room Gallery is located on the Lower Level of the Florida Capitol. Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For further information, contact Brannon Solomon at the Division of Cultural Affairs at 850/245-6415.