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Meet Rose Couch

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rose Couch.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m a 25-year-old artist living in LA. I grew up in Iowa learning about all mediums from my artist mom. In my very beginning as an artist, I was living alone in Austin, Texas. I was broke, my last canvas had a rip, and I had to salvage it somehow. I got to work using sewing string making parts of faces- mostly eyes. That’s where my handle came in as Paint with Thread. I’m obsessed with it now and can’t seem to stop experimenting. Right now I’m trying mesh canvases so the thread seems to be floating in a frame.

Please tell us about your art.
It’s related to embroidery but much looser. It’s built up and usually unplanned. It reminds me of pointallism because I can’t mix colors. I can only put them side by side and create the illusion of a new, mixed color. It takes a very long time to finish a piece but the tangled, knotted mess on the other side of the canvas is the most interesting part to me.

I’m interested in the absence features. I believe art, like poetry or music, can give a greater impact and become more personal when there are gaps left for an individual to fill. I want it to remind you of someone, so I leave it unfinished.

I am very interested in eye contact and its power. Visual art is interesting to me because I am seeing someone look at me, I recreate that through my eyes and it is viewed by a stranger. What I initially felt when looking into these eyes will probably evoke a completely different emotion to someone else. Our perception changes everything.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I love the ability to see so many artists on the internet. It’s kept me so inspired and I hope it gives artists freedom from the idea that exposure is payment for work. I believe that the best times for artists were the times when art was most appreciated and valued as a skill. I think schools could take art education more seriously and communities should make it a priority to support their local artist. Art has always represented the cities whether it’s architecture or a school mural. We should take pride in a city that nurtures creation.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My website is paintwiththread.com and my Instagram handle is @paintwiththread. I update both with new pieces for sale and works in progress. I’ll be showing at the National Czech &Slovak Museum in August for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Contact Info:

  • Website: paintwiththread.com
  • Phone: 323-573-3946
  • Email: contact@paintwiththread.com
  • Instagram: paintwiththread


Image Credit:
Photos were taken by the artist.

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1 Comment

  1. Lucy Frost

    March 9, 2019 at 00:07

    Rose’s work is nothing short of amazing! She captures in what seems like precious few “strokes” of thread the essence of her subject.

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