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Cubitts in Conversation: Laxmi Hussain

Cubitts in Conversation: Laxmi Hussain
To celebrate the launch of our Popism collection, we sat down with London based artist and Cubitts customer Laxmi Hussain, to discuss the inspiration for the vivid use of colour throughout her work.

C: What initially inspired you to use the colour blue throughout your work ?
L: My mum, one of my earliest memories is of a trip home to the Philippines for the first time. I was 5, and my mum woke me up early one day during our trip to take a trip to a beautiful resort near our home town. I remember this day so vividly, and her outfit is blue denim, head to toe.

C: What does the colour mean to you ?
L: It’s my mum, it's my wedding day, it's stoked in memory, mostly of my mum, she loved blue. My mum died nearly 4 years ago and when I paint in blue, I feel like I’m pouring her into my work and she’s with me. Blue is also such a vibrant colour and it often evokes calm and tranquillity in most of us, reminding us of the sea, blue skies and moments wrapped up in those things.

C: Was there a reason behind the particular shade that is present throughout your work?
L: I am just drawn to it, its visual impact, for me it feels like eye candy, it's just so satisfying to look at. It also sits and compliments natural tones so well. I am really interested in the conversations blue has with neutral tones like browns and earthy reds which I often combine in my work.

C: Is there a name for the particular colour ?
L: I think electric is quite a good word for it. It’s such a visually pleasing tone that hits me in such a way I can’t stop admiring it and I’ve been using it for years.

C: Many people are scared to use colour in their everyday life - how would you encourage people to introduce the use of colour ?
L: It can just be a small pop, to introduce colour doesn’t mean we need to change everything about us, I’m a real minimalist when it comes to my wardrobe, especially about colour. However a small pop of colour, whether it be your glasses, a watch or just your t-shirt can really be enough. It also really highlights that colour amongst the backdrop of your usual style and that can be quite fun and intriguing.

C:If you had to give the colour a bio, what 3 words would you use to describe it ?
L: Electric, striking and confident.

Visit thislakshmi.com to see more work from Laxmi Hussain.

Join Laxmi on 24th and 26th May 2022 at Cubitts Belgravia for a guided class exploring self appreciation, honouring the body and creating minimal artworks. Tickets here.

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