Francesca Mollett

Francesca Mollett (b. 1991, Bristol) lives and works in London. Influenced by notions of rewilding and entanglement, Mollett uses paint as a way to connect bodies with bodies of water and landscape, oscillating and destabilising the boundaries between self and other through shifting passages. In her paintings, thresholds collapse and fold in on themselves; the material body dissolves; and structures liquefy. Describing her paintings as ‘abstract interior landscapes’ that merge bodies of water with underground worlds, Mollett’s images appear to drift inwards, connecting deeply with the emotional – mystical, even – and that which is secret or hidden. Mollett graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 2020 and is the recipient of the Aidan Threlfall Award (2020). Recent exhibitions include: Le Coeur Encore, The Approach, London (2021); Down in Albion, L.U.P.O., Milan (2021), Wild Shade, Informality Gallery, Henley (2021); Diaries of a Climate, Baert Gallery, Los Angeles (2021); London Grads Now, Saatchi Gallery, London (2020); 50/50, Fold Gallery, London (2020); Sympathetic Magic, ZONA MISTA, London (2019); and Keyholes at Brockley Gardens, London (2019). Mollett has co-curated a number of shows, including Dust sheet embroidered snow, Project Gallery, Arundel (2019); The Value of Liveliness, White Crypt, London (2018); and Smoke gets in your eye, rural BAES, near Lewes (2018). In 2015-16, she co-ran and founded The Benevolent Association of Excellent Solutions, a project space with artist studio provision in Deptford, London.