photographs by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE
text by Caroline Biggs
Molly Gochman’s artistic creations incorporate such unexpected elements as grass, soil, and even her own clothing. Though she’s based in New York, Gochman’s work—which comprises sculpture, photography, and projected imagery—has been exhibited throughout the world, including a solo show at the Sara Roney Gallery, near Sydney, Australia. Here, she offers domino her thoughts on style and art.
Gochman poses beside a large-scale piece by Jim Lee.
In the dining area, streamlined style helps create the impression of tailored elegance
Built-in shelves double as a sleek backdrop for Gochman’s favorite spirits.
Where do you feel most inspired?
In natural environments. Ferns inspire movement patterns. Shells offer opportunities to contemplate form.
If you had to wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?
J Brand jeans, a loose-fitting tank top, a patterned scarf, and my black leather jacket. I wear my rag & bone boots more than any other shoes. I like to keep a pair of heels or flats in my purse, depending on where I’m going that day: comfortable flats are essential for walking in the city; heels make me feel more confident.
On what items do you scrimp? On what do you splurge?
Scrimp: flats, flip-flops, and lip gloss. Splurge: heels and jackets.
Concealed cabinetry helps maintain a sleek, orderly aesthetic.
What makes a home beautiful?
Objects that exhibit the history they’ve witnessed. An unpretentious and welcoming atmosphere is essential.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
To stay as I am.
Which artists, past or present, do you most admire?
Three artists I admire are Artemisia Gentileschi, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, and Mary Ellen Carroll. Gentileschi was a baroque painter credited with many masterpieces. She persevered and excelled within an oppressive environment. Ukeles blurs the boundaries between personal life and art. Through performing actions that are devalued, such as cleaning, Ukeles’s work challenges us to question what we value. Carroll asks us to reconsider what we see as art.
What are the characteristics of a great photograph?
Balance and mystery.
The apartment boasts stunning views of lower Manhattan.
Original photography and bold pillows add eclectic charm.