Dipping Your Toes In

Digging for drawings at Emma Cousin’s London studio

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ambit postponed the release of Ambit 241 from July to October 2020. Ambit’s then Art Editor, Olivia Bax, used this as an opportunity to re-visit some previous art features, and artists. In this case, Emma Cousin’s feature in Ambit 229, where she showed spreads of her drawings layered on Ambit pages.

Wanting to emulate the experience of visiting Cousin’s London studio in print form, where the studio wall was splattered with paint, we present three recent drawings that represent that experience, of piles of drawings at various scales, available to be rummaged through, pulled out and discussed.

Cutting Off Your Nose To Spite Your Face 2020
Pen and coloured pencil on ingres paper
23 x 35 cm

Earwig‘ 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

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. emma-cousin.squarespace.com

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