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Molly Kent

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Degree: Fine Art MA (First Class Honours)
University: The University of Edinburgh/Edinburgh College of Art
Graduation Year: 2020

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Kent’s internationally exhibited work relies on paradox and is designed to overwhelm. On the one hand it incorporates organic shapes and soft fabrics as she works with labour-intensive traditional crafting practices. However, on the other its content is highly influenced by the Glitch Art aesthetic with acidic colours and short phrases that have a strong and disruptive presence. Kent’s love for craft shows and the work can be seen to represent the modern preoccupation of the tensions between said craft and art. This only continues as her work wishes to capture this period of time in the way that the craft of rug making was originally intended, focussing on doubt and how it can become a disease. Bold and challenging her work is a clear statement about contemporary living which the viewer can use to reflect on their own relationship with technology and their inner critic; this being only more relevant in the wake of the isolation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Artist Statement

My practice sits within the fields of fibre and installation art, with my practice concerned with representing my doubt in the digital age through the traditional medium of rug tufting. I draw on contemporary existence regarding 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. 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. While my work comes from a personal starting point, the phrases are somewhat ambiguous, and as a result, the viewer can attach their meaning to them.

Group Exhibitions

2020, ECA//10Design, 132 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
2020, Buffering, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
2019, WORD OF MOUTH, Venice Biennale pop up, Venice, Italy
2019, WORD OF MOUTH, Grau Projekt, Melbourne, Australia
2019, Fine & Dandy, Edinburgh Central Library, Edinburgh, Scotland
2019, SETTLE DOON, Bonnyrigg Settlement Project, Bonnyrigg, Scotland

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2019, Barns-Graham Travel to Italy Award
2020, Paintbox Yarn Sponsorship
2020, Degree Show Purchase Prize - University of Edinburgh Art Collection
2020, 2nd Place - Roy’s Art Fair Degree Show Competition
2020, Loomshop Gallery Award
2020, Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Showcase - Finalist
2020, RSA NEW CONTEMPORARIES 2021
2020, Vlieseline Fine Art Textile Award - Shortlisted

Original works:

Doubt Creeps in

By Molly Kent

2020 Graduate

£320

Untitled (Captcha Series)

By Molly Kent

2020 Graduate

£320

Untitled (Drawings #1)

By Molly Kent

2020 Graduate

£200

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Untitled (Drawings #2)

By Molly Kent

2020 Graduate

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Society Reproduces Doubt

By Molly Kent

2020 Graduate

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Doubt Consumed You

By Molly Kent

2020 Graduate

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Viral Form II

By Molly Kent

2020 Graduate

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