Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Molly is a recent graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, receiving a Master of Arts with First Class Honours.
Molly Kent is a textile artist concerned with representing mental and physical health notions through mediums such as rug tufting and weaving. She portrays contemporary existence regarding social media and internet living and how this affects our perception of self. This stems from her personal experiences of her mental health condition CPTSD but also reflects on broader anxieties and fears that have come to attention due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the beginning of 2021, after experiencing an episode of ill mental health, Kent’s work shifted towards a new project, Dream Weaving. Dream Weaving is a multi-award-winning body of work that records dreams and nightmares experienced by the artist as a result of her mental health condition. This series of works features recurrent themes of falling, extreme weather and digital anxieties and offers a critical insight into how dream psychology can tell a lot about the inner workings of a person. The work is inspired by symbolism, mysticism, myths and legends alongside personal symbols of the trauma Kent’ suffered that led to her diagnosis.
Molly is an internationally exhibited artist, having contributed to exhibitions such as WORD OF MOUTH at the Venice Biennale 2019, then toured to Australia, as well as various exhibitions across Scotland and the UK.
Her work is also held in public and private collections worldwide. Including work being held by the University of Edinburgh’s Art Collection and the National Museum of Australia, amongst others.