Molly Must is an American artist with a long-standing interest in storytelling, collectivism, monuments and public history. She is a figurative painter and muralist, working in oil and paper on canvas, and acrylic on concrete.
Originally from rural West Virginia, Must moved from her family’s off-grid mountain home in her late teens to Asheville, North Carolina. There she was heavily involved in mural painting and community activism for nearly ten years, working under highways, in alleys, and public parks, aiming to illuminate marginal local histories and transform uncared-for public spaces.
Today, Must is mostly engaged in studio work, painting largely from perception and grounding her imagery in a deeper inquiry of her own lived experience. She continues to examine her own relationship to land and public space, and explore notions of responsibility versus ownership within larger narratives of national identity.