Molly's work is filled with symbolism about her life and experiences of navigating the world as a woman. Heeled boots, arms, legs, spilled blood and mystery liquids litter her canvases - fragments of stories waiting to be connected by the audience to project their own narratives on to the work.
Severed hands hint at feelings of disconnection from the world and a lack of bodily autonomy. Long clumsy arms and legs hand and dangle, reaching for bottles or hanging purposelessly, using imagery from horror films to illustrate a world where drunken mishaps result in a severed hand laying a puddle of blood rather than a hangover and humiliating memories
She uses mediums that have a spontaneity about them - such as un stretched canvas and acrylic paint, pen on paper and air dry clay. The immediacy and reactive nature of her work means she can respond to her day to day anxieties, giving the viewer a sense of urgency in the conveying of her message: "misspelled words and crossings out are unimportant if I can convey my message or story"
PUBLIC EVENT: 10th - 13th April
Molly created an exhibition of the works that she created "What's the Opposite of Floating?" in the space which she presented to the public and gave artist talks about. Curator online tour recording is below.
If you like to know more about Molly's practice or have a price enquiry please contact her directly:
"Honestly I think it's so great and I had such a fun time working in the space! I feel like I wasn’t only being given a free studio but also given a lot of guidance on the art world and how to navigate it, which was really helpful as an artist so recently graduated. I wasn’t expecting to meet so many people from this but it's been a really great surprise"
Led by Director Joe Hill since 2018, Towner presents exhibitions of national and international importance for audiences in Eastbourne, the UK and beyond, showcasing the most exciting and creative developments in modern and contemporary art. Originally trained as an artist, Joe has over ten years’ experience working as a director, curator and project coordinator for visual arts organisations, public commissioning and directly with artists. This experience has been cultivated through working at and with high-profile arts institutions including Focal Point Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, Firstsite, Modus Operandi public art consultancy and internationally as part of the Venice Biennale.
Join us as we talk to Molly Stredwick in her studio on 29 South Street in Eastbourne. We discuss her practice, severed limbs, what having a studio means to how she works, plans for the future and the urgency in getting her message across
2017-2020: Painting BA (Hons), Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
2016-2017: Art Foundation Diploma, Sussex Coast College, Hastings
2009-2016: Heathfield Community College
November 2020: It might not have been better, I feel like it was, A-Space Gallery, Hastings
July 2020: Digital Graduate Showcase, www.graduateshowcase.arts.ac.uk
May 2020: HANDS IN THE DIGIT(AL) AGE, www.bigrat.studio
April 2020: ‘I’M MAKING THIS FOR THE RAT THAT LIVES UNDER MY OVEN.
February 2020: ‘Class Of’ Third Year Interim Show, Copland Gallery, Peckham, London
May 2019: A Wild Goose Never Lays a Tame Egg, New Cross, London
January 2019: ‘Merge” Second Year Interim Show, Dilston Grove, CGP Gallery, London
May 2018: First Year Painting Show, Camberwell College of Arts, Camberwell, London
June 2017: Foundation Art Show, Sussex Coast College, Hastings