The Artist’s Studio at Bankside reopens on October 7th with husband and wife duo Ramzi Musa and Lana Matsuyama taking residency.
The theme of the residency is a live visual dialogue between two creatives Ramzi and Lana, where viewers can openly witness in person and over social, both in the practice and final works, the flow of cultural, conceptual, and stylistic influences between two artists.
Ramzi will explore his signature botanical/abstract subject matter, inspired by patterns in nature, but will work on a much larger scale than seen before, resulting in colourful, impactful works of art. In addition to large scale pieces, Ramzi will also create smaller, affordable, and accessible works on paper. There is an opportunity to explore fabric printing, as a continuation from his fashion background, but this will be dependent upon time and resources.
Lana will continue to explore the interaction of shapes, forms and textures, but aims to scale up in order to take advantage of the space, environment and interaction provided by Bankside. The public nature of the work environment will be an important and exciting aspect for Lana because she’s just as interested in exposing the process of creating a piece as she is in the final product; the “final” piece is merely a glimpse into a moment in the lifecycle of the work.
Like Ramzi, Lana will also create large-scale textural paintings and smaller collages, as well as sculptural paintings (working in paper maché). She also plans on creating a large sculpture (working in plaster) which highlights the shapes she often explores on canvas, but translated into three-dimensions.
The approach to this collaboration is representative of the artists’ approach to their relationship: one that respects individuality, and also looks to create something new that is more than the sum of its parts.
Whilst social distancing guidelines should be respected the artists welcome visitors to see them at work in the hotel’s ground floor studio.