Lens of Moss
This painting is a part of a series by the artist that explores how light is produced within biological processes in nature. In particular, these works examine phosphorous moss, which photosynthesizes from reflected light in dark spaces such as caves, emitting a luminous glow. In this composition, the artist considers how these adaptations toward types of light produce an ethereal effect comparable to the impact of a painting on a viewer—a fragile yet powerful feeling of potential. The palette the artist used for this painting emerged gradually, adjusted throughout the intuitive process of addition and subtraction. Mollett used the cloudy light of pale lilacs and grays to contrast with the vividness of greens—a melding of the lush with a sour severeness. The interior space was created through a constant reframing of passage, suggesting a proximity to a subject or immersion within a place.
Mollett's paintings frequently feature forms that verge on being recognizable—thresholds that open and then fold in on themselves as the material body dissolves and structures liquefy. The artist's works often depict an absorbing encounter with a non-human being. Mollett researches their mythology, geology and biology, which often become metaphors that inform aspects of each painting’s layers. The artist's work examines how the surface of a painting can be a place to experience an inner reality. In each composition, Mollett looks carefully at how motion and direction in each area react and relate to one another. By questioning what’s needed for the essence to remain, each work opens up new possibilities for an image. The resulting shifting passages portray a version of consciousness that alternates between continuous flow and sudden thoughts—a fragmented interior space full of collages of memory and anticipation for the future.
Francesca Mollett’s paintings explore intimate exchanges between human presences and other bodies found in nature such as water, stones, plants and the weather. The artist uses abstraction as a method for interpreting surfaces—employing acrylic and oil on calico to reinvent the inside of a sacred well, for example. Mollett’s paintings dissolve bodies and liquefy structures to simultaneously deconstruct and expand the viewer’s knowledge of their surroundings.
Francesca Mollett was born in Bristol, UK in 1991. The artist received an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London in 2020. Mollett previously studied at The Royal Drawing School (2015) in London, UK and Wimbledon College of Arts (2014) in London, UK.
Solo exhibitions of Mollett’s works include: Spiral Walking at Baert Gallery in Los Angeles, California (2022); and Wild Shade at Informality Gallery in London, UK (2021).
Group exhibitions that have shown Mollett’s work include: An Ode to Orlando, curated by Marcelle Joseph at Pi Artworks, London, UK (2022); Down in Albion at L.U.P.O., Lorenzelli Projects in Milan, Italy (2021); Le coeur encore at The Approach in London, UK (2021); and Diaries of a Climate at Baert Gallery in Los Angeles, California (2021).
Francesca has co-curated a number of shows, including Dust sheet embroidered snow at Project Gallery in Arundel, UK (2019); The Value of Liveliness at White Crypt in London, UK (2018); and Smoke gets in your eye at rural BAES, near Lewes, UK (2018).
From 2015–2016, Mollett founded and co-ran The Benevolent Association of Excellent Solutions, a project space and set of artist studios in Deptford, London, UK.
In 2020, Mollett was the recipient of the Aidan Threlfall Award.
This painting is a part of a series by the artist that explores how light is produced within biological processes in nature. In particular, these works examine phosphorous moss, which photosynthesizes from reflected light in dark spaces such as caves, emitting a luminous glow.More