Cosmic Bird

Cosmic Bird

London, Rome, United Kingdom

About Cosmic Bird

Barbara Parise AKA Cosmic Bird, Lady Plush (1999 > )
Italo-British multi-disciplinary outsider artist.
Visual/ aural ‘explorer’.

On going creative-flow since birth.
Outsider Artist, avant-garde composer, voice, screenwriter/writer/poet, film-maker/ photographer, film & theatre director, muse and example to many;
actress, producer, editor, sound designer and art/ film curator.

In the past (amongst other ventures) I contributed to :

Rorscharch company (screenwriting and writing projects, post-automatic writing); then to loose art collective Ambassadors Of Plush, Plush Productions Ltd; Plush Shop and Art gallery;

Event creator, director film-maker, performer of Surrealists/ decadent live events/ happenings with Alt Media at the Masonic Lodge, St Leonards-On-Sea;

As artist with Coastal Currents Art Festival, Hastings;

As curator and artist : Film nights at HAF (Hastings Arts Forum) and outdoor events at lottery funded St Leonards Gardens;

As artist and craft-woman at Rye Art Fair;

With Plush Productions Berlin/ Berlinale, Cannes, Rome, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Paris, London, Venice, Athens, Crete, for film and art festivals.

Cosmic Bird is my solo multidisciplinary art project following the trails of my past experience as multi-disciplinary outsider artist started early in my life path as Barbara Parise following the legacy of Lady Plush etc;

I began dwelling in visionary art in my teenage years being a rather imaginative child as I have been told.
So, from drawing to writing poems and for the screen then directing / making videos, films and paintings/ mixed media/ design since the 1980s,1990s and continued/ continuing during the XXI century far from the madding crowd and dreary vibes..

For further info :
Look up and check my Cosmic Bird, Lady Plush and Barbara Parise projects (video, photography, mixed media/ design, paintings, drawings & poetry artworks around ; moreover > published interviews and poems, soundtracks,music/songwriting and sounds) on Apple, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Waterstones, Instagram, Fb, Soundcloud, Youtube, Bandcamp, Tiktok, and on CDs / DVDs etc etc;

Please note : All artworks and prints displayed here are numbered and available in different sizes and frames colours, tailored on buyers preferences.



Trained at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Media Department, (MA FEATURE FILM) likewise other cutting edge British and international artists; with a previous degree from the DAMS of University La Sapienza, Rome, parallel to practical film school Lab Cinema, with additional screenwriting training at historical Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Rome, with late master guru Luigi Di Gianni - and subsequently professionally trained in several mixed media artistic disciplines and new media in Italy, UK (Westminster College & University, Kingsway, Kings among others), then Ireland, France.


Look at Exhibitions space.


Exhibits and shows/performance to date :

Theatre Director Dancer/singer/performer for Children theatre shows Rome, 1984-1988

Poetry in the park, London 1986-87

Poetry nights/visual poetry : Testaccio, Pietralata, Monteverde, Trastevere, Rome 1992/94.

The Crypt, Brixton & Brixton street shows South London and ROSCHARC proj, North London 1998-2000.

Group show Old School/ Hastings 2007.

Group shows Hastings Arts Forum 2007/2009.

Solo show screening/photos exhibition of 'The Air Catchers' own film, HAF, UK 2007

Maisons Des Phantasmes, France 2007.

Masonic Hall, St Leonards On Sea/ Hastings shows and performance + art installations:
The Edict, The Challenge, The Isms 2007-2009.

Solo show/ screenings 'The Edict' at Electric Palace cinema, Hastings, UK, 2008.

Solo show/ screening as producer/director with Plush Productions of 'Grayson Perry documentary' on his touring exhibition at the DWLP, Bexhill, in collaboration with the Arts Council Of England. Electric Palace Cinema, Hastings 2008

Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows performance/ videos 2009

Coastal Currents Art festival 2008/2010 Hastings/ Manager and Organiser of Outdoor cinema screenings in Burton St Leonards Park.

Lottery funded Burton St Leonards Gardens live show/documentary 2009.

Electric Palace Cinema Hastings shows 2007-2011.

Rye Arts And Crafts Fair 2010-2011

In 2012 publication of her book 'Poems From The Bottom Of My Surface' a collection of her poetry '1980-2012'

Anima Mundi Festival/ Venice alongside Art Biennale, Italy, 2017, May-November shows : Elements, Rituals, Visions.

Cosmic Bird as composer sound artist voice has created and produced 5 albums and 2 singles, as Lady Plush with 2 EPs. 9 releases in total..
She has recently taken part in one avant-garde project with various sound artists namely 'Sound Space the 4th annual report volume II 'compilation, made several videos, art videos, docs and 4 art feature full lenght films and a few documentaries on DVDs; all out and available for downloads and or simply watching online or on players. Check my Cosmic Bird and Lady Plush music and sounds on Apple, iTunes, Spotify, Instagram, Fb, Youtube, Bandcamp, Tiktok etc;

Visual Art Exhibitions year '19 :

May - 2019, Glasgow / Glasgow Gallery- International Photography Exhibition, COLAB, Savoy Building.

June - July 2019, Athens, Blankwall Gallery, International visual art photography exhibition 'Moments in Colour' and 'Landscape'

June/July 2019 - Italy, Millepiani, Loosen Art, International visual art exhibition 'Urban Lights' theme, 7th June - 4th July.

August 2019 - CIP Crete International Photography Festival, Crete

Sept/ October 2019 - Italy, Loosen Art, Millepiani, International Visual Art exhibition 'The Game' theme.

Covid art production quarantine ongoing and new digital album ‘Freedom Galaxy’ out 15th Dec 2020 >

April 2021
Release of physical limited editions of her experimental music album 'Freedom Galaxy' on CD on Cosmic Bird Music independent label

April/May 2021
Official Selection of her videos 'Magic Circle' and 'Dungeness The Movie' abridged FilmÒptico, Barcelona (Spain) and Lift-Off festival (London) UK

June 2021
Official Selection of her video 'The NIght, The Sea, The WInd,The Rocks, by Ocean Literacy for the 'Disegna Il Tuo Mare' festival.