Rosie Stevens

Artist of the Month January 2017

Each month we choose one of the fantastic artists represented on our website to be our Artist of the Month.

Our January 2017 Artist of the Month is Rosie Stevens. Rosie's work focuses largely on drawing and is sometimes accompanied by text. Many of her works are assembled from smaller drawings and are pieced together digitally or by hand.

When and how did your interest in art develop?

I recall drawing illustrations for a project in primary school about an alien who couldn’t find his way home. The alien hatched from a large psychedelic egg – I enjoyed drawing that, it was purple, green and red. I think that project was where my interest in art developed.

What influences your art?

Being a bit puzzled by the world and the human condition usually influences my work. I guess I try to work things out through making pictures. I studied illustration at university and have been influenced by the notion of experimentation, which I learnt on the course.

What process do you go through when you are creating a piece (starting with the initial idea)?

I tend to let the creative process lead me, rather than me lead it. I keep a tin on my desk full of scraps of drawings, mark makings and things I have cut out of old magazines. I sometimes delve into these scraps and start arranging things on a page. Other times I’ll just start doodling and see what happens. Sometimes I’ll scan things into the computer and play around with it digitally or I’ll bind work and make little books.

Which artists, if any, have you drawn inspiration from?

There are many artists that I am inspired by…Saul Steinberg and Ray Johnson, Jean Dubuffet, Grayson Perry, Tilleke Schwarz and Cy Twombly to name a few. I also like the films of Mike Leigh as well as the songs of the Smiths. Primitive fertility symbols are also informative to my work. I prefer to keep things eclectic and let it all, somehow, feed into my work.

Do you have a favourite piece? If so, which one and why?

I don’t really have a favourite piece but some of the work I created whilst in psychiatric hospitals holds importance to me because I feel making those pictures helped me through a strange time. Generally, I am always anticipating the piece of work I haven’t created yet - in order to keep up momentum.

What do you hope the viewer gets from your work?

Ultimately, I hope the viewer gains some-kind of aesthetic satisfaction. Furthermore to that I hope the viewer can enter into a sensibility of being lost within a world.  

What has been the highlight of your artistic career?

I feel being Outside In Artist of the Month has been a definite highlight.

Has being a part of Outside In been beneficial for you? If so, how?

Yes, it has been very beneficial because it has enabled me to share work with others, as well as see and read about others artists and organisations.

What is next for you as an artist?

I will continue to experiment with art and hope to enter in to some exhibitions.


Click here to view Rosie's Outside In online gallery