Cabell Molina is an American contemporary artist transplanted from California to the east. Her work explores and deconstructs the patriarchal ideas tied into mid-20th century fashion and advertising imagery. Being raised by a mother of the 1950’s who attempted to cement her traditional ideology into Cabell at a young age, she developed a fascination with the female experience as portrayed by women of mid century Americana. Were the women of the 1950’s openly cognizant of their oppression? Was femininity created by men and adopted by women to imitate male societal needs. She attempts to present an optimistic vision of rebellion and social progress. Cabell’s subjects in her work often come from ads in vintage Life magazines in where she re-appropriates images of women and changes the narrative to portray them as the powerful gender.
Her technique is to “deconstruct and reconstruct.” The process begins with collecting clippings of vintage magazines and books, ribbon, old photographs, coins, handmade papers, wallpaper, beads and buttons, just to name a few of the elements. She then hand paints background collage with acrylics, spray paint, and oil pastels and adds gold and silver leaf. When all of the elements are complete, Cabell assembles everything onto canvases and or wood panels then after adding more layers she finishes the pieces with several coats of varnish.
Formerly an advertising art director, Cabell worked for multinational advertising agencies in cities all over the world. She studied graphic design, art direction and fine art at San Diego State University and Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. She uses her background in advertising, photo manipulation and design to create her large scale art pieces.
Cabell’s work has been in shows and private collections around the world. Two of her pieces were recently featured in CNN Style and New York Times The Cut. She creates commissioned conceptual portraits for clients as well.
RECENT PRESS | EXHIBITIONS
2015 Xpozure Gallery, CT
2015/16 Gallery Room 112, CT
2016/18 Love Art Gallery and Studio. CT
2016 Four page Feature editorial The Beat magazine, CT
2016 Saatchi Art’s Curators pick “Up and coming pop artists”, international
2016 Celebrity painting/collages for Discovery Channel reality show: Project Dad
2017 Gallery Americana’s, CT, feature artist
2017 The Untitled Space gallery, She Inspires, NYC
2017 The Untitled Space Gallery, Secret Garden, NYC
2017 Group editorial New York Times Magazine, The CUT/Untitled Space gallery, NYC, cover piece
2017 Aqua Art Miami
2018 Vogue Magazine, Untitled Space Gallery, How Could I Have Known, mixed media on canvas
2018 CNN Style, Untitled Space Gallery, How Could I Have Known, mixed media on canvas
2018 Girl Talk HQ, One Year of Resistance, How Could I Have Known, mixed media on canvas
2018 Art Fuse Magazine, One Year of Resistance, How Could I Have Known, mixed media on canvas
2018 The Art Gorgeous, One Year of Resistance, How Could I Have Known, mixed media on canvas
2018 Interview Magazine, One Year of Resistance, How Could I Have Known, mixed media on canvas
2018 Ceres Gallery, Group Show, Don’t Shut Up, NYC
2018 Milford Arts Center, CT, Group show
2018 Sidewalk Gallery, CT solo show
2018 Norwalk Hour, front page editorial
2018 Art and Sound Gallery, Greenwich CT, Group Show “Ferraris”
2018 Art and Sound Gallery, Greenwich CT, Group Show “It’s only Rock and Roll”
2018 Miami Art Week, Aqua, Helix Gallery
2019 Artbox Project, Zurich, Group show Finalist for Once Upon a Time
2019 Solo Exhibition Newton Roux Gallery, Westport CT
2019 Superfine! Art Fair, Untitled Space gallery, NYC
2019 Denizen Gallery, New Paltz, solo show
2019 Aqua Art Miami, duo show, “Woman”
2020 Dacia Gallery duo show, Be Longing
2020 Untitled Space Group show/auction, Art4Equality
2020 White Room Gallery, Hamptons Artist of the Month - April
2020 Art Mag, Charleston SC, feature "Women in the Arts"