Molly Astley: Touching Space
27 September – 29 September
‘Touching Space’ is Molly’s first solo show, collating drawings, paintings, prints and photographs created over the past three years. The show will also feature an audio-visual collaboration with video artist Annie Elliot.
Deeply inspired by time spent living off-grid in Andalusian mountains between 2016-2017, the work documents her search and discovery of space, inner and outer, within the experience of chronic pain.
‘Touching Space’ celebrates a journey towards reconnection, expansion, self-compassion and wonder, yet the dissonance experienced on returning home and back into the education system also shadows the work.
The verb ‘touch’ is a reference to the tangibly dense complexity and interconnectivity of the internal and external realms and rhythms, and to the importance of sensory, somatic awareness in the healing of personal and collective disconnection.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Molly, born in London in 1993, is an artist, writer and musician who explores the reciprocity between inner and outer nature, the limits of self-making, and the wonder of the non-human world. Questions of autonomy, the human/nature separation, and the relationship between personal health and ecological health are all central to her practise, as she herself navigates chronic illness in the midst of a wider environmental crisis.
Molly studied English literature at Sussex University, writing her dissertation on experimental writing and intersubjectivity, and is currently enrolled with the Tamalpa Institute. She is also a member of The System Change Hive, a Brighton based collective investigating pathways to possible fairer futures. Imagination, sensory experience and automatic drawing play a large role in Molly’s process, as she explores art as a connective, healing modality, and, more mysteriously, a way to observe consciousness spontaneously unfolding.
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