With an strategy deliciously described as ‘hedonistic and self-satisfying’, artist Maisie Cousins attracts upon emotive private experiences to discover themes of energy, femininity, nature, know-how, the physique and indulgence in her recognisable compositions. Right here, after capturing a conceptual story on beauty dermatology for the Wallpaper’s October 2022 problem, she tells us in regards to the significance of being impulsive and the egg cups that made her really feel one thing.
Wallpaper*: Describe your type and course of
Maisie Cousins: I used to set out with a little bit purchasing record of substances of various textures and hues after which see the way it turned out collectively on my kitchen desk. However now I discover I’m utilizing issues which might be already there relatively than developing.
W*: How did you deliver your means of working to our October 2022 Situation story on beauty dermatology?
MC: It’s at all times been fairly private the best way I work, a bit like a diary. Simply amassing pictures in no specific order or tasks. I’ve at all times wished to be a photographer who works in tasks – I suppose that may very well be a hangover from college however I may by no means do it. I must make photographs typically and not likely about something specifically; [it’s] only a means of decompressing on a regular basis issues for me.
If I’ve considered it an excessive amount of earlier than I’ve made it, it’s ruined a bit for me. I would like it to be extra on the spot and impulsive.
W*: What do you suppose is essentially the most attention-grabbing factor occurring inside pictures now?
MC: You realize what I don’t suppose it’s a photographer’s job to know what’s attention-grabbing proper now. I’ve at all times felt out of the loop and relied on gallerists and editors to inform me that. I’m not ashamed! I’ve been so lucky to have gotten represented by Hannah Watson at TJ Boulting gallery. I simply blindly go together with what she’s engaged on actually.
W*: What’s in your radar?
MC: There’s an antiques/junk store close to me and I like to browse there. I really like tat. I really like fine details and amassing ineffective issues. I suppose it’s a little bit of nostalgia however I prefer to be transported a bit – not essentially to a different time however simply that previous feeling of sure plastics and objects. I purchased some Bakelite egg cups and so they really made me really feel one thing. I prefer to overhear conversations and I like gossip. I really like hiding in that store and eavesdropping on conversations between the proprietor and folks coming in with what they suppose is efficacious tat, and he or she tells them ‘no, it is not’. I actually love previous plastic. And memorabilia from previous resorts or bars. Love a John Hinde postcard too.
W*: What’s subsequent for you this yr?
MC: Interested by scale, greater scale within the first place. I like to shoot macro and blow it up however I’m feeling fairly compelled to go wider and larger. Possibly it will not work out! I additionally need to make extra bodily one-off items. I’ve two solo reveals subsequent yr so let’s see… I’ve acquired to get working.