Hate it or love it, it’s hard to stay indifferent to Maisie Cousins photography. The (very) young and (very) successful photographer came to prominence thanks to her nude photos, that were both artistic and unconventional.
Hailing from London, she explores the visceral and the grotesque, pushing against the ideals of beauty that are drilled down by the fashion industry. Instead, she zooms in on the body, shedding light on it’s less than ideal parts.
“Most of my work stems from a personal place and I guess I’m sick of seeing imagery aimed at me that I cannot in any way relate to,” she told Refinery29. “It’s very boring and dishonest. I think it’s important for art to be relatable.”
The world indeed paid attention to her work, earning her a place at the Tate and on Dazed’s 100.
“I think my general themes and subject matter have stayed pretty consistent but I’ve noticed the type of work I make depends on where I’m living,” she said. “For instance, when I was a teenager living at home in West London, I was really into black and white and shooting on film. Out the window is a view of the Westway and Trellick Tower, which I think heavily influenced me. When I went away to university in Brighton I found the buildings and surroundings so uninspiring and started making a lot of studio work. Now that I’m back renting a small flat, it’s all close up still life stuff in my home studio.”
Take a look.