Dipping Your Toes In

In this feature, Ambit wanted to emulate the experience of visiting Cousin’s London studio in print form. The studio wall which was splattered with paint became the backdrop for viewing recent paintings. Piles of drawings at various scales, were available to be rummaged through, pulled out and discussed.

See print version for images

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ambit decided to postpone the release of Ambit 241 from July to October 2020. Ambit’s art editor, Olivia Bax, used this as an opportunity to re-visit some previous art features. Cousin’s feature in Ambit 229 showed spreads of her drawings layered on Ambit pages. We have published three recent drawings by Cousin online. 

Ambit also invited Cousin to make new animations for the website, which will be available to download (for free) from 2 August – 27 October 2020. You can also watch Wash Your Hands here and Ken here


Images in order of appearance:


Earwig, 2020
Pen and coloured pencil on ingres paper
23 x 35 cm

Cutting off your nose to spite your face, 2020
Pen and coloured pencil on ingres paper
23 x 35 cm

Progenitor, 2020
Pen and coloured pencil on ingres paper
23 x 35 cm

Spread printed in Ambit 229 (see print version for more images)



Emma Cousin is an artist based in London. Her solo show at CCA Goldsmiths opens 18 September 2020. Recent solo shows include: Milton Keynes Art Centre; Dolph Projects, Lewisham Arthouse Gallery and Edel Assanti Gallery, London. Recent group exhibitions include: Soft Bodies at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Jerwood Visual Arts show Survey at The Baltic Newcastle, Bluecoats Liverpool and G39 Cardiff; Ridiculous at Elephant West and Ultra at J.Hammond Projects London. Cousin is a visiting lecturer at Sotheby's and teaches painting and drawing on Foundation at the Art Academy London. Cousin graduated from Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford in 2007. From 2015-17 she ran her own project space, Bread and Jam, in her home in Brockley. She recently established the podcast Chats with artists under lockdown.