SIGMA SIGMA SIGMA

EMMA COUSIN

SIGMA SIGMA SIGMA with Emma Cousin is the fourth installment of Common Ground 2018–19.

Common Ground is Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s community participation and artist development programme supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Offering a twelve-month season of distinct projects, each presenting high quality and meaningful opportunities for engagement between a diverse spectrum of artists and communities living in Milton Keynes.



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1 February – 27 April 2019


With a focus on professional development for young people and artists living in and around Milton Keynes, Emma Cousin’s February–April residency will offer a free programme of talks, family events and workshops at Milton Keynes Arts Centre, culminating in an exhibition of new work from Saturday 1 April – Saturday 27 April 2019.

Common Ground is a 12 month season of four distinct projects, each presenting high quality and meaningful opportunities for engagement between a diverse spectrum of artists and communities living in Milton Keynes. Working with artists RARA (Youngsook Choi and Kirsti Davies), Tracing the Pathway, (Ashleigh Bowmott, Cara Davies and Tom Eke), Milo Mcloughlin-Greening and Emma Cousin, our projects see artists work directly with our communities to create new works and establish a connected programme of workshops, professional and artistic development, events, talks and exhibitions.


Common Ground is supported by public funding from Arts Council England







EVENTS
EVENTS
EVENTS


Resident-led Artist Tour with Emma Cousin
Thursday 14 February, 11am–4pm
Free, everyone welcome

Milton Keynes’ Residents Stories with Emma Cousin
Friday 15 February, 11am–4pm
Free, everyone welcome

Art Agony Aunt with Emma Cousin
Saturday 9 March, 11am–4pm
Free, suitable for ages 15+
Drawing on Ourselves with Emma Cousin
Wednesday 20 March, 11am–4pm
Free, suitable for ages 15+

April Fool Unperforming with Louise Ashcroft
Monday 1 April, 7.30pm–9pm
Free, everyone welcome

Exhibition opening party with Emma Cousin and guests
Saturday 6th April, 12pm–3pm
Free, everyone welcome

Caricature Workshop
Thursday 18 April, 11am–4pm
Free, suitable for ages 15+






FAMILIES
FAMILIES
FAMILIES


Consequences Workshop with Emma Cousin and Alessia Franchi
Wednesday 20 February, 10am–12pm, 1pm–3pm
Free, suitable for all ages

Food for Thought with Emma Cousin
Saturday 2 March, 11am–3pm
Free, suitable for all ages

Consequences Workshop with Fritha Jenkins
Thursday 14 March, 4.30–6pm
Free, suitable for all ages
Fragile Systems with artists Emma Cousin and Tim Spooner
Saturday 30 March, 11am–3pm
Free, suitable ages 12+

She’s All Gravy with Mrs Cousin
Sunday 31 March, 11am–3pm
Free, suitable for all ages

Don’t Worry, Doll Workshop
Saturday 20 April, 11am–3pm







PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT



Drawing Workshop: Perspectives
Collaborative workshop with MK College student and Emma Cousin
Thursday 21 February 2019

Still Life Drawing
Collaborative workshop with MK College students and Emma Cousin
Thursday 7 March 2019

Drawing Workshop: Communication and context
Collaborative workshop with MK College students and Emma Cousin
Thursday 14 March 2019

Drawing Workshop: Interference
Collaborative workshop with MK College students and Emma Cousin
Thursday 21 March 2019

Exquisite Corpse: Building Bodies
Collaborative workshop with MK College students and artists Emma Cousin and Maddie Banwell
Monday 25 March 2019
Go with Your Gut: Going Inside the Body
Collaborative workshop with MK College students and artists Emma Cousin and Fritha Jenkins
Tuesday 26 March 2019

Word Play
Collaborative workshop with MK College students and Emma Cousin
Wednesday 27 March 2019

Yes And ... An Improvised Musical Workshop
Collaborative workshop with MK College students and artists Emma Cousin and Chris Earley
Thursday 28 March 2019

Movement Workshop
Collaborative workshop with MK College students and artists Emma Cousin and Hannah Cameron
Wednesday 17 April 2019





INTRO

Large paintings use the body to build a puzzle of figures supporting each other and holding each other up, the moment just before the overstretched figures topple over or pull one another apart. Phrases such as ‘holding myself together’ or ‘hanging out’ are often starting points to the work that takes dominant female stereotypes as a core narrative.

The work employs humour as a means of opening up and engaging with the complexities of women’s psychological and physical experience. Across the canvases the body becomes the lynchpin to explore subjects such as hysteria, suspension, weight, mobility, agility, embarrassment and acceptance. Work often focuses on the aging process through visual representations of stretching skin, or sagging bodies which is represented in the physical weight of the paint on the canvas, exploring the expectations that we have of ourselves and our bodies and how we handle and navigate our limits and our drives. The work gestures towards an alternative view of women’s experience of their bodies and the interrelatedness of physical mobility with social mobility. This suggests a curiousness about the acts of holding that are performed through our bodies, emotions, audience, memories, values, fears, ourselves.

Emma Cousin (b. 1986) looks at what we can and can’t control in everyday life. Using the body to explore human aspirations and expectations, she considers “the breaking point”, navigating the body’s limits by presenting structures of figures holding one another up or pulling each other apart. Her paintings question how supportive we are of one another as women, as bodies and as individuals. Her work has recently been shown at Jerwood Visual Arts Space in London, CGK Gallery in Copenhagen, and Dolph Projects, Tintype Gallery, and Edel Assanti Gallery in London. Graduating from Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford in 2007, and just completed the Skowhegan Residency 2018, Emma Cousin is based in London.


Imgage: Studio shot for Elephant Magazine, 2018. Credit: Paul Carey-Kent



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