Interview: CR Rousseau
Luca Curci talks with CR Rousseau during VISIONS held at the CANVAS ART FAIR 2023 at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello in Venice.
Vibrant. Contemplative. Dramatic. CR Rousseau creates emotional energy in both composition and color. She likes to explore and challenge previous approaches using oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink and other media. Largely self-taught, she has studied art and design in various forums with other artists at universities in the United States and in Europe. Leaning toward and at times diving fully into abstract expressionism, CR Rousseau breaks away from traditional landscapes and abstract styles. Her art embraces a personalized sense of memory, sometimes a place, a person or a feeling, using twists of imbued color and abstract form. CR Rousseau currently lives on Bainbridge Island in Washington and exhibits in California, Washington and New York. Her work can also be found in private collections internationally.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
CR Rousseau – I’m honored to meet you and be showing with your team and the Canvas Art Fair in Venice. What art is for me… first and foremost, art serves an emotional purpose to my being. It’s energetic and has a universal thread that connects me, as an artist, to myself and to others that is timeless and universal. It allows me to explore the human experience more. And I love art with an inner narrative, created with skill, imagination and courage. That is what art is for me.
LC – What are you currently working on?
CR – I’m working on a Dream Project creating large abstract paintings that interpret fashion into vibrant abstract works to be exhibited during New York Fashion Week in New York this fall. It comes from my lifelong love affair with fashion, design and color. I’m using vibrant colors and subtle textures to deliver a sense of smart, sexy, sculptural and spirited energy. It’s something that has never been done before. Abstract expressionism with emotionally rich color is the center of my being. Honoring the human form through color and texture – not representative of what your eye sees, but an interpretation of what your heart feels. In fact, I’m heading to New York City this week to tour venues. It’s exciting and it feels forward-thinking and fresh to me. So. Much. Color.
LC -What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
CR – Time. It seems to flow too fast when I’m painting and incredibly fast when I’m doing other work that supports the time I actually paint. Five hours feels like 30 minutes! I wish I could extend the days a little more. If I could slow down time, that would be wonderful. Speaking of time, it’s been fun to work in different time zones with galleries and art fair events. For a brief moment, after I finish a FaceTime or call, I come back to my easel and ecco! I’m back in Pacific Standard Time on the West Coast – I fool my brush and my palette that we have more time than the rest of the world for a moment or two.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
CR – Absolutely. My work is about exploration and hopefully artistic growth. I like to think in “bodies of work”. For many years, Californian galleries have asked me for landscape moments and since part of my heart is in San Francisco and Carmel-by-the-Sea, it was easy for me to do. My heart is in all of those places and works. Today, my work has evolved through abstract expressionism. Color is my energetic exchange with the world. I’m an emotional being and color is everything and emotional energy. It is what I’m most excited about.
LC – In which way is your artwork presented in our exhibition connected with the exhibition’s theme? What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event and how is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
CR – The theme of the exhibition in Venice is “Visions”. This title is exploratory. It offers viewers to consider new perspectives on the world through art. My work “Beach Bonfires”, is a view into a universal moment of kindness in community and in nature at Carmel-by-the-Sea in California. This is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Scenic Road rides along this famous beach, parallel with a lovely walking path dotted by many wooden benches. Friends and family gather below to build bonfires that glow like fireflies on stretches of warm sand that appear purple in the evening light. Right before dusk, locals come down to sit on the benches under moody Monterey Cypress trees, waiting to watch the sun slip into the sea. Often times you’ll hear them applaud, in fact, some say “bravo!” and often smile at whomever is close by before heading home in appreciation. Kindness and beauty – how wonderful is that? This painting pays homage to that experience and this special place which is very dear to my heart. It is a lovely visual moment to share for all those reasons and I believe it is perfect for “Visions”.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
CR- I’m new to ItsLiquid Group and am excited to see how things go with our first show. The person I’ve been working with has been responsive and professional. It’s been a great experience so far. With this experience, I’d say I’d be open to collaborations in the future and would enjoy learning more about what that could mean for us.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
CR – My perception and my experience are both that ItsLiquid Group is professional and personable. They respond quickly and are working diligently to create special exhibits of a variety of works to be shown in beautiful locations in Europe.