Molly and Aaron Keenan-Lichtov's Profile

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Molly has been making collages since childhood, when she was first introduced to the technique by her mother. Collage has been a near-constant companion throughout her professional life as a high school social studies teacher. In 2007, she brought a few collages to the art show at WisCon, a feminist science fiction convention. Japanese scholar and author Takayuki Tatsumi saw the collages and loved Molly’s work. He commissioned her to design the cover for his next book (Anti-Intellectualism in American Literature, published in spring 2008 by Nan’Un-do Publishing, Tokyo, Japan). Success at the WisCon art show, along with the book cover commission, inspired Molly and her partner Aaron to turn what had mostly been personal ‘art therapy’ into a small business.

Molly and Aaron founded RetroFutures Designs in 2009, while Molly continued to create collages that explore themes of childhood, feminism, science,…

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  • Born on October 30
  • Joined March 6, 2011

Favorite materials

storybooks, all kinds of books, illustrated dictionaries, manuals, encyclopedias, magazines, music, canvas, artist board, acrylic paint, acid free adhesives

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RetroFutures
RetroFutures Designs

About

Molly has been making collages since childhood, when she was first introduced to the technique by her mother. Collage has been a near-constant companion throughout her professional life as a high school social studies teacher. In 2007, she brought a few collages to the art show at WisCon, a feminist science fiction convention. Japanese scholar and author Takayuki Tatsumi saw the collages and loved Molly’s work. He commissioned her to design the cover for his next book (Anti-Intellectualism in American Literature, published in spring 2008 by Nan’Un-do Publishing, Tokyo, Japan). Success at the WisCon art show, along with the book cover commission, inspired Molly and her partner Aaron to turn what had mostly been personal ‘art therapy’ into a small business.

Molly and Aaron founded RetroFutures Designs in 2009, while Molly continued to create collages that explore themes of childhood, feminism, science, literature, popular culture, and the natural world.

Like the crow in her collage “Diamond Necklace,” Molly is constantly on the lookout for shiny, unusual treasures, which she collects in the RetroFutures studio. She uses found text and images, illustration, paint, and a variety of sharp tools to create works that juxtapose the vintage and futuristic, innocent and jaded, serene and haunting.

Original collages, as well as digital reprints on a variety of media, are in select gift shops, galleries, and art fairs in Minneapolis and St. Paul (list below). You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well as at retrofuturesdesigns.com. Commissions (personal or professional) are always welcome.

Twin Cities, MN locations:

Articulture
Blue Moon Coffee Cafe
ColorWheel Gallery
Eclectic 887
Fireroast Cafe
Moon Palace Books

LoLa (Longfellow) Art Crawl
Craft'za/Craftstravaganza
No-Coast Takes a Field Trip


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