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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Residency and workshops
1 February – 27 April 2019
6 April – 27 April 2019
Sigma Sigma Sigma, or Tri Sigma, meaning ‘the sum of’; is a new body of work by artist Emma Cousin, bringing together paintings, drawings and writings fuelled by Milton Keynes and our local communities.
Throughout Cousin’s new compositions, bodies are used to illustrate an idea or play on words responding to a theme of support systems. These diagrammatic groups demonstrate function, posture and relationships, each geared towards the question ‘how can the body be a site of power?’
Using Milton Keynes and its communities as a stimulus to expand on metaphors of landscape, environment and architecture, Cousin shifts the bodies into new, often awkward arrangements to present ideas of contact and isolation to consider how we can support ourselves, each other and our communities.
In collaborations including choreography, music, ceramics and performance, Cousin has explored the theme of ‘support systems’, to consider how we support one another and are supported physically, emotionally and practically. Artists, students and our publics were invited to respond to and expand on her themes and work, creating an embodied support system. This exchange of ideas, methods and skills is perhaps the crux of Sigma Sigma Sigma
Tri Sigma, is a fitting title for how the paintings work, figures adding to one another to deliver a sum, and for this residency, forged with the help of Milton Keynes residents. Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue of interviews, essays, poems, drawings, photos and other contributions authored by Cousin with guest artists, students, families and local communities.
Common Ground is supported by public funding from Arts Council England