Molly Cranna’s still lives evoke images of girlhood, of playing with pastel accessories and makeup before really knowing what it all means, and of eating apple crumble and midnight snacks.
Cranna’s work features subjects such as orthodontic equipment and false eyelashes, again referencing a seemingly teenage identity that plays with angles, textures and light. There’s also an element of nostalgia that undercurrents her work, an early 90s phone and a VCR tape feature, perfectly spotlighted and posed. The backdrops against which these objects are paired also provide an insight into the identity Cranna creates; astro-turf and floral tablecloths make one think of garden parties and Beverly Hills 90210 games of tennis.
The matte pastel backgrounds compliment the crisp textures of food such as pancakes and Twinkies–creating a mouth-watering product shot that looks almost too perfect to be real. The viewer can’t help but imagine these still lives as a homage to growing up in California, to family dinners and sleepovers with friends, to trying on false eyelashes and lipsticks for prom and to watching the sunset whilst eating snacks, as the light hits different spots in the sky.
Words/ Ruby Giles