I was pleased to find Ellie Vandoorne, the artist in question, sat by the window. Armed with my microphone, she hid any hint of disapproval at the suggestion of an impromptu interview. Specialising in mixed media collage work, Vandoorne creates stylised female portraits worthy of the description, “iconic”.
My perspective on art is amateur, a word which suits me fine as it’s derived from the Latin for ‘lover’ (as opposed to expert.. though I did once get an A in year 9 for a charcoal sketch of a hedgehog). For me, art is escape, colour, questions, pleasure, technique, precision and imagination. I’m Annie, […]
I admire Mir’s collaborative approach because it provides a whole host of metaphors for what art is capable of doing. A whole team of people creating something impressive proves that art brings people together both in the gallery space and the creative process. I also think there’s something special about doing a show using materials that the majority have access to; the humble pen and paper.
Not only is her work charged with feminine power, she’s setting her own beauty standards, something we need in a social media driving anxiety-inducing self-esteem-damaging society. What professionals would photoshop out, Cousins embraces and not for anyone else’s approval but her own.