This was Bound to Happen Sooner or Later, Molly Rooke
at Studio KIND.
30th April - 22nd May 2021
Molly Rooke is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator, living and working between Somerset and Devon.
Her practice negotiates preservation and longing through collections of images and ephemera; often using the material elements of tourism, such as souvenirs and postcards, where printed, pictorial representations preserve collective and personal experience in time past, and these two dimensional images become the focal point for perpetuating history and memory. By re-appropriating and disrupting archives using processes of repetition and reproduction, Molly attempts to shift perspectives and manipulate the narratives that surround these items.
This was Bound to Happen Sooner Or Later showcases a new body of work exploring themes of preservation and restoration through coastal geography and heritage. Using traditional methods of domestic fixing and repair in an expanded form, the work focuses on the degradation and erosion of the Somerset and Devon Coastline and what might be considered futile attempts to protect it from being eroded any further.
Molly is a Fine Art graduate of Cardiff School of Art and Design and has an MA in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art. Recent group exhibitions include Printabilities in Cologne and Marlborough, the New Wave touring exhibition and Size Matters in Bath, and is the recipient of a 2020/21 Somerset Art Works project development bursary. Her work is held in various collections including the British Museum and the Chelsea Library Special Collection, and she is a founding member of Sister, Sister a collective supporting female artists across the South West of England.
After running the Fine Art degree programme at University Centre Somerset, she now runs freelance outreach sessions across the South West, often in collaboration with Double Elephant Print Workshop based in Exeter.