Emma Cousin

Emma Cousin

London, London, United Kingdom

About Emma Cousin

My translations from objects, built structures or human observation verge on the surreal and combine traditional media and handling with the found, absurd, playful and weird.

Translating discarded objects and articles that hold an obsessive mystery for me I work to stress or distort to give them a particular emphasis and call up the unexpected.

Layers and experimentation reveal inverted ziggurats of doner kebab, a melancholy broken chopping board, or the arpeggios of the reefs and inlets in a grater. These tragicomic residues of human activity are rooted by lively anthropomorphic drawing which endows the image/object with an energetic and slightly sinister personality of its own.

I try to imagine the inside of the object, what it might feel like, its weight, its smell, its texture, its heat and its volume. The relationship between the main forms and their field is important.

I work thinking of the paint physically as the subject: The object becomes an eloquent and flexible vehicle. Through a medium-led investigation the object is enfeebled by gravity but vitalised by the act of description.

I paint with the convulsiveness of drawing claiming intervention through constructive simplification. The economy and purity harness a plastic expression and lace the emotional centre in the picture itself, on and in its surface.

I want the viewing of my painting to be an imaginative experience of forthright realism.

Education

A Graduate from The Ruskin School of Art Oxford she has exhibited widely, both Nationally and Internationally and has work. Her work is held in private and public collections to include the Museum of Modern Art Wales ; Fara Sabina Museum, Rome ; Art Institute Sienna ; Baya Museum, Hungary and St Hilda’s College, Oxford.

Exhibitions

Selected for the Threadneedle Art Prize 2012, Barbican Art Trust 2012 and shortlisted for the WW Salon Prize 2012. A large body of work was recently showcased at NoFormat Gallery in London in a three man show, Three Fields curated by Ben Street. Cousin was selected by Paul Noble for Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London in May.

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