Published: Jun 12, 2013
Poetry and painting by London-based artist Emma Cousin.


Padded velvet headboard. A dirty pale pink.
Rests on its hind legs (its only legs),
Like a rectangle stickman.
Full of bellybuttons.
He waits on the street.
Resting against a wall.


Emma Cousin is a contemporary artist whose painterly translations from objects, built structures or human observation verge on the surreal and combine traditional media and handling with the found, absurd, playful and weird.

A graduate from The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, Emma has exhibited both nationally and internationally and her work is held in private and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art Wales, Fara Sabina Museum, Rome, Art Institute Sienna and Baya Museum, Hungary. She was selected for the Threadneedle Art Prize 2012, Barbican Art Trust 2012 and shortlisted for the WW Salon Prize 2012.

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