Molly Kent

Molly Kent
MA (Hons) Fine Art // Edinburgh College of Art ’20

Molly is an Edinburgh-based textile artist.

“My practice sits within the fields of fibre and installation art, and is concerned with representing my personal doubt in the digital age through the traditional medium of rug tufting. I draw on contemporary existence with reference to social media and living in an internet driven environment through the visual aesthetic of glitch art. Through acidic/toxic colours, unsettling phrases and organic amoeba-like forms, the work intends to overwhelm the senses and mirror the feeling of doubt. Taking the domestic form of the rug and shifting it in presentation, the objects I make begin to climb walls and morph before us resembling viral or bacterial forms. This plays on the idea that doubt can be perceived as a disease that, over time, shifts and morphs to continue its hold over us.

While my work comes from a personal starting point, the phrases are somewhat ambiguous, and as a result the viewer can attach their own meaning to them. So, when an individual enters the installation space the objects allow for a personal projection of emotion, rendering their own ‘doubts’ in a physical, tangible medium. I also challenge the perception of traditional craft, transferring the historical production of rug making into a new contemporary relevance, to record contemporary existence in a visually progressive and engaging way.

I’ve created a series of paradoxes that make for an interesting, continuous reading of the work – the longer we look the more links between the phrases, textures, forms etc. can be made. Links that I as the artist have crafted, but links that will develop from the viewers’ personal experiences and emotions. There’s an intentionally constant battle for dominance between which aspects matter most”.

Isolation Breeds Doubt is a particularly poignant source of reflection – heightened by the isolation brought about by the current pandemic.

Molly’s work has been exhibited in a number of Edinburgh venues, including the Edinburgh Central Library, Biscuit Factory and St Margaret’s House. She has also contributed work internationally to the 2019 Venice Biennale – then toured to Australia – as well as various exhibitions across the rest of Scotland and the UK. In addition, she has work held in public and private collections worldwide, including the University of Edinburgh’s Art Collection and the National Museum of Australia. She was recently selected as a Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Showcase finalist.

mollyhkent.co.uk
mollyhkent@gmail.com

Isolation Breeds Doubt
Mixed fibre, polyester fabric and latex glue
200 x 160cm
£1200

Education

2015 – 2020
MA (Hons) Fine Art, First Class Honours, Edinburgh College of Art.

2014 – 2015
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Distinction, Cadbury College, Birmingham.

Exhibitions

2021
RSA New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (Upcoming).

2020
Solo Show, Edinburgh Central Library (Upcoming).
Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Showcase, Online.
Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art, Online.
LOVE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19, GAGPROJECTS, Online.
ECA//10Design, 132 Princes Street, Edinburgh.
MAFAf*ckers, Edinburgh College of Art.
Buffering, Edinburgh College of Art.

2019
Word of Mouth, GRAU PROJEKT, Melbourne, Australia.
Fine and Dandy, Edinburgh Central Library, Art & Design Department.
Word of Mouth, Secret location, Venice Biennale.
SETTLE DOON, Bonnyrigg Settlement Project, Edinburgh.
54321 (MAFA Exhibition), Edinburgh College of Art.

2018
Third Year Exhibition, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh.

2017
Reject, Respond, Repurpose, Leith Settlement Projects, Edinburgh.
104: a second year exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art.
ESAF presents: Platform, The Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh.
Ignorance is Bliss, Edinburgh College of Art.

2016
ECA Year 2 Exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art.
But Is It Art?, Edinburgh College of Art.
Sorry I had A Seminar, Edinburgh College of Art.

2015
32 AND THE REST STILL IN BED, Edinburgh College of Art.

Residencies

2020
GRAPEVINE
Forest Arts online residency

Awards

2021
RSA New Contemporaries

2020
Degree Show Purchase Prize, University of Edinburgh Art Collection.
Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Showcase Finalist
2nd Place, Roy’s Art Fair Degree Show Competition.
Loomshop Gallery Award
Paintbox Yarn and Lovecrafts sponsorship

2019
Barns Graham Travel to Italy Award

Other Experience

Collections

University of Edinburgh Art Collection
National Museum of Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia
Private Collections worldwide

Curation

Third Year Exhibition, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh.