Francesca Mollett

Present Tense

27 January – 28 April 2024


About the Artist

Francesca Mollett makes abstract paintings that react to space and context. Her works are reflections of light and surface formed through a fluid yet precise process. Compositions evolve by extracting observations from an image, which transforms in a practice of analyzing the shifting passages of paint as tension between luminosity and solidity develops.

Often influenced by literature, Mollett reveals a deep relationship between the ethos of life and of time, elusive and unable to be articulated through representation alone. In this, abstraction—through color and texture—becomes an attentive way of considering these affinities. In many of her works, we see organic subjects rendered, so their defining details of difference dissolve into new yet familiar grounds. Through this careful balance of specificity Mollett’s practice invites us into spaces of desire, understanding, and candid encounter.

Mollett‘s solo exhibitions include: ‘Noon,’ Pond Society, Shanghai, China (2023); ‘Halves,’ GRIMM, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2023); ‘Low Sun,’ Micki Meng, San Francisco CA (2023); ‘The Moth in the Moss, Taymour Grahne Projects, London, UK (2022); ‘Spiral Walking,’ Baert Gallery, Los Angeles CA (2022). Selected group exhibitions include: ‘The Descendants,’ K11 Musea, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong (2023); ‘New British Abstraction,’ CICA, Vancouver, Canada (2023); and ‘Considering Female Abstractions,’ Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas TX (2023).

Mollett’s work can be found in the Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas TX; He Art Museum, Foshan, China; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami FL; K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong; Kunstmuseum, The Hague, Netherlands; Pond Society, Shanghai, China; Rachofsky Collection, Dallas TX; The Roberts Institute of Art, London, UK; and The University of Oxford, St Hilda’s College Art Collection, Oxford.

On View in Somerset

‘Present Tense’ is on view through 28 April 2024.