Maisie Cousins’ photography is striking, to say the least. Hailing from London, she explores the visceral and the grotesque, taking a feminist stand against the banal concept of beauty. Her photos zoom in on the body, making for an icky effect.
“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 shared withRefinery29. “It’s very boring and dishonest. I think it’s important for art to be relatable.”
“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.”