Inspired by the drama contained inside a single-panel frame of a comic strip or graphic novel, printmaker and painter Molly Bounds evokes moody narratives within the economic means of a solitary cropped scene. Her introspective figures, often women, seem frozen in thought while running errands or lying in bed and are graphically depicted using a visual language of flat planes and muted colors. In Can You Hear It? (2019), for example, a woman hugs her knees in a cream-colored bathtub and stares off into the distance. Bounds holds a BFA in printmaking from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and has exhibited primarily in Colorado. In order to infuse movement into her otherwise static canvases, Bounds borrows from comic aesthetics by adding a few strands of flyaway hair to her mysterious protagonists.