10/05/2023 - 17/06/2023

Contemporary - Photography

Maisie Cousins - Walking Back To Happines

Tue-Sat: 11-6pm

Walking Back To Happiness' is a combination of her close-up and visceral photography with a new venture in AI and installation, that delves into the artist’s obsessive search for reliving childhood memories.

Family videos of Cousins as a young girl with her granddad visiting her favourite theme park Blobbyland were destroyed by accident when she abandoned them at art college. With neither him or videos of him now in existence, Cousins was prompted to use AI to try and retrieve memories of a precious time and place since lost. ‘Walking Back To Happiness’ by Helen Shapiro was the song that he used to play in the car every time they went to visit the amusement parks together.

The AI scenes generated by Cousins tap into the British holiday camp world inhabited with its own unique folklore, comical and colourful characters that could only exist in this hybrid world of real and make believe. They are slightly mad and humorous, a bizarre but revealing insight into the creative triggers of the artist.


Fitzrovia 59 Riding House St, W1W 7EG