A CUP OF TEA WITH... ARTIST, MOLLY GOLDWATER
I came across Molly's art when I received a mailout, intended for my predecessor at my new workplace. It was from DegreeArt.com, and something caught my eye. The piece was called 'Blue March'. An abstract electric blue background with almost photocopier looking cut out printwork over the top. I had to know who this artist was! After viewing her full collection with DegreeArt, I was hooked. Her chosen colour palette and abstract shapes really spoke to me. I tracked down the lady herself to find out more about what inspired her bold, abstract pieces.
Hi Molly! For anyone who isn't familiar with you, can you introduce yourself?
Hi, my name is Molly Goldwater. I am a printer / painter based in Bristol. I grew up in Cardiff but moved first to London to study painting at Camberwell UAL, and am now studying for my Masters in multidisciplinary printmaking at University of the West of England, Bristol.
What formats do you create, and why do you use those methods / materials?
I work on large scale canvas, mainly using acrylic and drawing materials such as oil sticks and rollers. I like these tools and methods as they have an immediacy. The large scale of a canvas allows for a much larger breadth of mark making and movement, also.
You have a great use of bold colour. What is your colour palette influenced by?
I stubbornly believed that colour wasn't important to my work, all the way through my BA. It's funny, because it's clearly not true! Colour acts in my work as a way to highlight juxtaposing texture - smooth and rough, blurred and crisp lines, etc. A colour like pastel pink can transform a black into something even more black, it highlights the differences between two fields and amplifies it. I choose my colours ready mixed, I rarely play around in mixing colours. I buy a paint because I like the colour - I like bold, and solid. There is a man-made element to how I choose colours, yellow and black make me think of the city environment for example.
Can you take me through how you go from initial concept to finished piece?
My work is process based. I see things, textures and marks, I imitate them, they turn out different - I adjust, I layer, take away elements... You end up with a series of marks like a alphabet and construct them on the canvas or paper.
My works usually start with a flat solid background. This is quite time consuming and mediative, the mark making is much faster. So pace is a big element to my making.
Have you always wanted to be an artist? Where did you originally find your passion?
I've always wanted to make things, it might come from just learning to think things through visually and through drawing. I have to get things down on paper to sort them through my head! You then get addicted to that 'eureka' moment when things fall into place, that's where the passion then comes from I think.
How long does it take you to create a finished piece?
I'm not sure, I sometimes think I'm finished but then go back to it later on. In terms of planning and experimenting, and laying down the solid layer of a work can take some days or even weeks. But then it can come together quite quickly after this - I like to think the differing speeds are evident.
Why do you think people, especially young people, should invest in new artists?
People should own art because it makes them happy to look at it every day. If you can buy something that you can have around you forever and never tire of it, you have made a priceless investment. It's what I consider when I am buying art. In terms of investing from new artists, you can get this happiness with a work without spending thousands - meaning it's what you like rather than whether you can sell it on for a profit in ten years time.
Do you think the school system incorporates art into education enough?
Not from my experience, and even if you did get encouragement there is still the sense of - what do artists even do?! How do I even become one? You feel pretty lost about it all.
What do you think of the current UK art scene?
I'm loving the art scene in Bristol, a great mix of larger independent galleries and working spaces, alongside artists studios, are making for a really exciting place to be a artist.
What's the favourite piece you've ever created and why?
The latest piece I've made that I haven't wanted to throw away is always my favourite, because something you like always comes through a lot of frustrating pieces that don't seem to work!
What do you do when you're not working on your art?
I work in a bar. I love it, you've got to balance out all the solitary making!
What are you influenced by?
City environment, and playing about in the studio. And other peoples art!
What's been the highlight of your career so far?
Exhibiting my work, and having people get what I do. It never gets old.
Please go and check out Molly's works on sale with DegreeArt.com. She's being tipped for great things and with some really credible backers, this young artist could be a great investment for your new piece. Remember you heard it here first!