Molly Rose Butt (b.1990) is a painter currently on the Turps Studio Painting Programme (2018- 2020) that is based in Elephant and Castle.
She is originally from Suffolk and lives on Eel Pie Island in Twickenham.
Working mostly from imagination and remembered scenes, my paintings reference my surroundings and draw upon the interactions between built and natural environments. My work alludes to real-world spaces that are almost recognisable as landscapes or domestic spaces, but abstracted just beyond recognition through the brushwork and exploration of paint application. What appear to be architectural structures are flattened against the surface of the picture-plane, the edges of the solid forms developing and dissolving into the depths behind as the viewer’s eyes move around the work.
Objects from the everyday are adapted and repeated throughout the work to playfully manipulate and depict space, their new forms becoming motifs that stand in as characters recast from the stage of the current world into a new world that is in the process of being rewritten. The decision making is traceable through the apparent editing of the paintings, with shapes and colours visibly reworked and repositioned. The forms depicted in paint hover just above or below the surface, floating in an out of view and creating ambiguous compositions suggestive of a precarious narrative.
'Time Flies Like The Wind Fruit Flies Like Bananas', Group Exhibition at The Art Academy, 155 Walworth Road, London, 18th- 22nd September 2019
Solo exhibition of new works at The Zetter Hotel, 86- 88 Clerkenwell Road, London, 1st June- 13th July 2019
'Spouts', online exhibition at Goldmali Gallery, June 2019, https://www.goldmaligallery.com
'A room of one's own', group exhibition at The Koppel Project Central, 49- 50 Poland Street, Soho, London, 13th March- 15th April 2019.