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Mia Meets… Maisie Cousins

Interview by Mia Kingsley, all photos by Maisie Cousins 

I have been with Cooler for 6 months now. Yay! During my internship Cooler has given me the opportunities and confidence to do things I had never done before (thanks!). I have now put it upon myself to interview young and creative people on a weekly basis. Very exciting, and what’s even more exciting is my first subject…

Maisie Cousins, a Londoner now studying in Brighton, and artist of many medias. From portraits of beautiful friends, collages of swirling colour, sensual self-portraits and still lifes of squashed food and glitter, looking at the work of Miss Cousins is like opening a secret box in the shape of a girl’s heart. Once you know her work you will recognise a piece at first glance. That’s pretty impressive for a 21 year old, to have your own artistic stamp is very rare for the young. Meet Maisie Cousins…

    So how long have you been making art and taking photos?

As long as I remember, it was the only thing I really enjoyed in school. I remember my sister and I would make really great Barbie set ups like, Barbie getting married, Barbie and Shelly in the speedboat, Ken murdering his ex, etc. I used to photograph them and turn them into stories, I guess the interest in taking pictures started there.

    Do you remember the first piece of artwork you were proud of?

It took me a long time to look at my work from a different perspective, I used to just make stuff constantly and not think about it. It was only until I saw my Tubular Belles Vice editorial in print that I could look at it differently, then I was proud of how satisfying it was.

    Who would you say influenced you the most to get to where you are now
    artistically?

Definitely my family, they have always been really relaxed and supportive. They understand why I make such a mess and I value their opinions a lot.

    Does your work reflect you as a person?

Absolutely, I see it as an extension of myself.

    In your work you use a lot of vibrant colour, would you ever work with black and
    white?

I’m not interested in using black and white, occasionally I have in the past but I always think it looks a bit lazy.

    Apart from photography, collage and painting would you like to use another
    media?

I’m getting really into film and making music videos!

    Food… you use it in your photography. What’s the message?

I like the theme of indulgence. I once read a quote by Lydia Lunch, who said, “I think it’s important to encourage gluttony in all its formats” and it’s stuck in my head ever since.

    If you could use your work to support a cause what would it be?

Ummm this is hard. I suppose I just want everyone to feel really cool, sexy and beautiful when I take their photo. That’s a good enough cause for now.

    What, who and where would make your dream shoot?

I’d love to take all my friends to the hanging gardens of Babylon and set up a disco and do a film there.

   What do you have for us to look forward too?

A music video I’m making for Mokadem. It’s going to be out some point in September!

Well I think we can expect great things from Maisie, I myself am definitely looking forward to a film set in a disco at the Hanging Gardens of Babylon! But until then if you want to check out any more of Maisie’s work here are a few links 🙂

www.maisiecousins.com

www.maisie-cousins.tumblr.com

https://vimeo.com/user2834405

Thanks Maisie! x

Next week I will be meeting ‘Massive Crush’ a hand painted clothing brand by the amazing Anna Ryon, keep your eyes peeled!

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