Meet Your Maker Monday: Rosine Kouamen
When I photographed the opening of the Round 41 installations for Project Row Houses, I took a series of portraits of the artists of that round. Reviewing those images prompted me to pursue a crossover series of MYMM profiles with those Project Row Houses artists. Here is the first profile from "Process and Action: An Exploration of Ideas", with Rosine Kouamen; her installation is at 2507 Holman.
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What is your name, URL, and social media links?
What did you make for Project Row Houses?
For my house during Round 41 at Project Row Houses, I created an installation around the ideas of Anlu, which a form of female protest on issues affecting the community of women. The piece, Anlu is Protest, is a femmage around the labor issues surrounding women's work and a reflective presentation on the effectiveness of women in lobbying about issues that concern them. I wanted to present a shift in thinking about how women engage the world and the community of Man, on issues that affect them specifically – like domestic abuse, equal pay for equal work, child rearing, and the proper environment to foster women's productivity and contribution to society.
What does a typical day look like for you?
My days are really varied. During the semester, Monday and Wednesday are reserved for teaching at local community colleges. Thursday and Friday are reserved for teaching as a cohort for Fotofest. Scattered throughout the remainder of the days and weekend, I read, watch movies, sew, and meet others for lively conversations about all the issues of the day. What is a definite constant is thinking about my artistic repertoire and make artwork. During the summer when school is out, I occupy myself with research and a part-time job for the bills.
What brought you to Houston?
I moved to Houston for grad school. It sounds simple enough, but I truly needed a place where I would not be cold anymore, after living on the East coast and in San Francisco. Being from Cameroon, I really got annoyed with the weather. Houston is a major US city, it had a school with a ranked art department, it was affordable, and most of all, the weather agreed with my continence.
What are your inspirations and how do they guide your work?
My inspirations are varied, from the work of artists like El Anatsui, Chris Ofili, Curator Okwui Enwezor, and more; to the Edo period of Japanese history and culture, fashion, textile, cinema and authors like Amadou Kourouma, Murakami, and Chimamada Adichie Ngozi and the list goes on. Anything and everything can be a source of inspiration, and can be an idea that ruminates in my mind and eventually lead to a reflexion that culminate in a piece. The subconsciousness is a great place where connections are made and different concepts are fused together to provide abstract thoughts to issues that conscience self is deeply concerned with.
What's next for you?
As an artist, the future is always a flexible river that is forever moving and changing. This Christmas holiday I will be traveling to Cameroon and visiting Lagos and Malabo. It should be a trip of exploration of my country, but in terms of artwork and art projects, I am looking forward to working on new work about the juxtaposition of consumerism and culture.
What do you want people to know about your work?
I would like people to know that my work communicates universal concerns about our human existence and perseverance of the interconnectivity of human communities.