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KMOSSED, COLLAGISM & SPIDERCHAVS pt. II

Another bottle of champagne has been popped! Now Rosie Kavanavoch gets to ask artist Holly-Anne Buck a few questions about her inspirations from daily absurdities and cultural obsessions, to her past experiences in her audio-visual band Mink Engine (w/Adam Milburn). You can see her latest works in HYSTERIA at The Vestibule in London until November 2nd.

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: What’s your “ism” all about?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: There was point living in London last year when I spotted a giant fried egg running down the street followed closely by a man running behind him with giant egg scoop. As I walked back to my studio I picked up a flyer for a club night called I GOT F*CKED AT YOUR MUMS HOUSE. And I thought…

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: We DO live in such a time!?!

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: AHA! Yes! Just another day in Shoreditch! And we’re living in a time of #lookatme&what-I-done, share it, share everything, over-share just coz you can, share it if you can bear it, sharing is caring… I see this insane overload of information like a giant collage – so I created Collagism in response to this.  I put two words together: collage – which is the medium I work in – and ism that is commonly used in art to describe a movement. I thought it was quite funny to make up a name that might be confused for an art movement that’s actually just one person. Lol.

Holly-Anne Buck "Ditch’ Bitch" Paper collage and found objects collected in Shoreditch 2012 - 2013, 118.9 x 84.1 cm, London 2013

Holly-Anne Buck "Ditch’ Bitch" Paper collage and found objects collected in Shoreditch 2012 - 2013, 118.9 x 84.1 cm, London 2013

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: I remember the first time I saw that I got fuck*d at your mums house flyer. I had such a laugh. Are you having a laugh?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Always! My recent Vogue cover collage Full English Kate  is a prime example.

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: A one eyed fried sex icon as a staple breakfast fry up….?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: She is fashion heroin, a national treasure and the meal of a nation.

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: There’s bacon in her hair..

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: A meal in her eyes…

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: ….I love her new purple face….

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: She’s less fatty than a fry up – she’s purple like chocolate packaging, because of her sweetness. By diverting the codes of consumption, fashion becomes a decadent dining experience for the digital age!

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Yum! Kate “Algebra” Moss!  How and where did this love of collage begin?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: I was a RAVER! Still am! It was the beginning of my exploration into the relationship between sound and pictures. I love the instantaneous nature of collage.

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Rearranging the universe?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Rearranging the universe to MY LIKING. You feel like God, Lady God. I love the idea that the world as we know it can be changed through my fingertips.  By weaving my own mode of surrealism with the power of Collagism, I am rethinking of what the world has to offer.

Holly-Anne Buck "Next Top Blah Blah" Evolving Installation, Collage, Sculpture, wallpaper and found objects The Vestibule, London 2013

Holly-Anne Buck "Next Top Blah Blah" Evolving Installation, Collage, Sculpture, wallpaper and found objects The Vestibule, London 2013

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Pioneering the epitome of the art of found objects in todays culture?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Objects of today’s culture woven into a lovesong. The rainbow lit club inside the forever-happiness-hologram. Landscapes of eggs and legs, a box full of wriggling fingers, the fluorescent sun setting over the ocean. It’s the window licking beauty of surprise. A daft punk like me – a banquet of you.

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Montage on Collage! Have you ever jumped out of a collage? Do you have a genesis Lady God?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Back in my audiovisual days with my band Mink Engine I jumped out of a lot of things on stage. A forest of talking bananas and many video walls.

Shuby, Aida & Collagism "HYSTERIA" Installation of Collage, SilkScreen, Painting, Sculpture, The Vestibule London 2013

Shuby, Aida & Collagism "HYSTERIA" Installation of Collage, SilkScreen, Painting, Sculpture, The Vestibule London 2013

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Mink Engine? Is this where you came from?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Mink Engine was my longterm creative project with partner Askii aka Adam Milburn. A techno-coloured lovechild in the form of an audio visual band. Born in 2002, in an 8-mat tatami room in the colourful streets of Harajuku. We burst onto the Japanese scene with headline gigs at Shibuya’s infamous Fashionista club Vanity run by the fabulous Paul James. It was the dawn of Electroclash (thanks Larry Tee) and host to acts like Peaches, DFA, The Raputure and us. We got known as ‘The broken glass dancefloor’ as the crazy kids literally would start smashing their champagne glasses as we began to play, they totally lost control. It was an exciting time to be living and making art in Tokyo. That led us onto to London to play at Nag Nag Nag, a night that went down in history sadly due to the London Bombings. We became famous as we literally were walking through London high on pils dodging bombs. Luck was on our side, thank fully! Crazy stuff just kept happening like looking across the dancefloor and seeing Felix da Housecat and his entourage dancing on a Saturday Night Fever dancefloor to our set. We played festival after festival, toured the world, released music, videos, a DVD, and made a lot of fabulous friends along the way. I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Do you still jump out of bananas?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: (Laughs) I’ve taken up bin diving. East London is a treasure trove of trash! High-density living means no wheelie bins, so people put their straight on the street.  The council and I both have our own allocated collection times, wink-wink, nudge-nudge. I only bin dive in heels.

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: I’m sure you do!! A pick-n-mix sport shared with you and the council?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Yes! At allocated times of the day the council come by and collect it. It’s a fascinating sport to see what people are consuming – you can learn a lot about your neighbours. It is a great place for me to gather materials and a plethora of things for my collage that I don’t set out to find. It’s such a cost effective medium. Practicing the art of up-cycling, literally turning everyday trash into creative treasures. And I love the notion that using a current sampling of materials makes a collage of a time capsule of sorts.

Holly-Anne Buck and Oliver Baggot "Tesco Hell Installation" Billboard, Collage, and Hackney rubbish Installation at The Cultural Apocalypse Apiary Studios, Hackney London 2012

Holly-Anne Buck and Oliver Baggot "Tesco Hell Installation" Billboard, Collage, and Hackney rubbish Installation at The Cultural Apocalypse Apiary Studios, Hackney London 2012

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Being a Collagist in London sounds rad. How has London helped/hindered your career?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: London is wild, an ever changing beast – as an artist it has allowed me to flourish in ways I didn’t imagine. I attended a workshop with Thomas Hirschhorn at The Hayward Gallery a few months after moving to London. He’s an artist who works in grande scale using collaged political images with a bit of porn thrown in: cocks, tits, lips, full mu-cha-cha, all scribbled on with a bit of biro or blue sharpie – mostly sticking anything and everything together using masking tape and gaffa. Someone said he’s the Damien Hirst of Switzerland, but I’d say he makes better art. Haha… I mean Sorry Damo, I am rather hot for collage and tape! As you know Rosie! Anyway to spend 2 days with him was pivotal. He critiqued my work and questioned my motives behind it.

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: He pressed your buttons ?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: YES. He told me if I ever wanted to be taken seriously, I had to find my obsession, and be willing to die for it. He also picked up on some themes in my work that I’ve ditched and others that have really driven me over the past year.

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: WOW! Is there a creative obsession, a particular character/essence within your work?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: This is a portrait of a lady you see everywhere – she is my constant resurrection, my muse, she is always at my fingertips. She has many faces and many forms. Do you recognize her?

Holly-Anne Buck "FLAWLESS" (left) “NICE RACK” (right) Paper Collages / Giclee Prints, Editions of 5 118.9 x 84.1 cm Exhibited at Anna Pappas Gallery for Art Athina Contemporary Art Fair of Athens, Greece 2013

Holly-Anne Buck "FLAWLESS" (left) “NICE RACK” (right) Paper Collages / Giclee Prints, Editions of 5 118.9 x 84.1 cm Exhibited at Anna Pappas Gallery for Art Athina Contemporary Art Fair of Athens, Greece 2013

She is a lover, a fighter, a beauty, a beast, a manifestation of your imaginings. She is the ruler of hearts, the breaker of many, she is everything at once – a shape-shifter – her potential is limitless. I have an obsession with making her over and over.

Holly-Anne Buck "Orgasm Addict, Ode to Linder" Paper Collages / Giclee Prints, Editions of 10, Kodak Premium Lustre Photo Paper, 100 x 152 cm Exhibited at Conduit Arts Iniative for Doing Impressions, Melbourne Australia 2013

Holly-Anne Buck "Orgasm Addict, Ode to Linder" Paper Collages / Giclee Prints, Editions of 10, Kodak Premium Lustre Photo Paper, 100 x 152 cm Exhibited at Conduit Arts Iniative for Doing Impressions, Melbourne Australia 2013

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: We all know her!  She’s an absolute chameleon isn’t she, where valuable discoveries await?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: I am interested in creating unreal worlds of impossible beauty. I predominately make collage using images found in high fashion magazines and books. I am playing with feminist beauty myths by elevating the images to their natural conclusion – taking something that doesn’t exist and pushing it over the edge. Celebrating beauty, transposing elements and giving them a different and new weight.

Holly-Anne Buck "Impossible Woman" Digitally manipulated / Paper and Gaffa tape Collage / Giclee Prints, Editions of 25, 2013

Holly-Anne Buck "Impossible Woman" Digitally manipulated / Paper and Gaffa tape Collage / Giclee Prints, Editions of 25, 2013

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH:You recently pasted your interpretation of a Vogue cover on the streets of East London, with FREE PUSSY RIOT emblazoned in giant VOGUE type. Do you think it’s your responsibility as an artist to provoke a reaction in people?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: I feel passionate about women and our role in society – personally I feel an obligation to stand up and start a dialogue about this. Recently I felt a great injustice to women and freedom of speech when Pussy Riot were jailed in Russia for their song urging Mother Mary to save them from President Putin. Timing wise, it was the dawn of Vogue’s September Issue – and I was angry that such powerful magazine for women said nothing about the Pussy Riot arrests.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Vogue and I have a shelf full of them. The pages are devoted to women and loads of really smart, headstrong women are on those pages, however I really thought something needed to be done here. Surely the women featured in Vogue and a lot its readers would agree that the three women who have been jailed in Russia was an act of injustice.

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Exactly what did you do?

Holly-Anne Buck – I cut up the September issue and remade my own Vogue cover with arms and limbs breaking and contorting over the page, in support of Pussy Riot. I emailed Vogue many times about it but they never responded…

Collagism "FREE PUSSY RIOT!" Hand painted / collaged Plan prints, 118.9 x 84.1 cm – pictured with the Spiderchavs, Shoreditch, London 2012

Collagism "FREE PUSSY RIOT!" Hand painted / collaged Plan prints, 118.9 x 84.1 cm – pictured with the Spiderchavs, Shoreditch, London 2012

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: You wrote to Vogue?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: I did. I emailed and facebooked and twittered. I got no response so I decided to put them over east London. I printed the art A0 poster size, hand-painted them, collaged each one with different faces, glittered their masks and went what is now known as Spiderchav-ing! You know the Spiderchavs don’t you Rosie?!

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Yeah, they are close friends of mine. Interesting you bring this up though, Madonna toured Moscow during their trial with the words FREE PUSSY RIOT on her back during her shows, which apparently really rocketed the world and the situation. So, I say Go Madonna, Boo Vogue. But your version changed all that…

Collagism "FREE PUSSY RIOT!" Silk screen edition of 10 in production at Aida & The Glorious House of brag Studios, Hackney Wick London, 2013

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Putting the message on the street places it out there to a large audience in London and the world. I certainly hope it helps to get a few people thinking.

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: I really like Spiderchavs and I really like that piece, you totally nailed it.  Has there been much of a response?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Yes, there has! Things have been popping up on the net and also print requests, which is always very encouraging!

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: That’s brilliant news! What projects have you been working on in 2013?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Non-stop art production!  I began the year with a show at Anna Pappas Gallery in Melbourne, Australia. I have shown work in shows in Berlin, London, Australia and an art fair in Athens! Taken a 6 month lease on a space in Redchurch Street in London and have been doing a show a month…6 installations evolving in front of the eyes of the world at The Vestibule. Phew… It’s been  a busy year, with more to come! New York, New York… 2014?

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Very exciting stuff Holly-Anne. What do you do when you’re not making art? When was the last time you had a night out and what did you do?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: The last time I went out I reconstructed a construction site at night – more Spiderchavving!! I enjoy going out and meeting the fabulous people of London…

Collagism "FREE PUSSY RIOT!" Street campaign, Hand painted / collaged Plan print – Corbet Place, London 2012

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Like Jeremy Deller ? You met him too didn’t you? Tell me about this? Did you get along?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: We argued over the history of rave culture. Funny stuff, I not only had my foot in my mouth, but possibly my whole leg as well. I also admitted to him that I nicked his Bless this Acid House art off the internet and am using it as my desktop graphic (still am). Feeling mildly guilty about this, I trekked to the Hayward on a cold night – dragging you with me – so I could buy the poster version he mentioned was available for only £5. I wanted to put things right and keep my art karma points in the positive position. Unfortunately they were out of stock! Need to get rich quick so I can afford to buy his Bouncy Stonehenge instead.

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: I feel like one of us should say thank you.

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Thank you.

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: NO, thank you!!!

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Don’t shake my devotion

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: (Laughs) – What would a Spiderchav do at the end of an interview?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: What’s a Spiderchav?

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: It’s a verb. It’s a do. Its YOU!

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Like a bitch out of order

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Like a bat out of hell

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Like a fish out of water

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: I’m scared, can’t you tell….

Dedicated to the members of Pussy Riot, imprisoned in Moscow, Russia! FREE PUSSY RIOT!

Holly-Anne Buck "Extreme Makeover Installation" Collage, wallpaper and cardboard Installation – (pictured with the Spiderchavs) Apiary Studios, Hackney London 2012

Holly-Anne Buck "Extreme Makeover Installation" Collage, wallpaper and cardboard Installation – (pictured with the Spiderchavs) Apiary Studios, Hackney London 2012

KMOSSED, COLLAGISM & SPIDERCHAVS pt. I

In 2008, I began an internship working in a gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn called Jack the Pelican Presents. It was there that I met the towering and talented Aussie Rosie Kavanavoch, who at the time was going by the name RUSSIA.  Her otherworldly look quickly landed her various modeling gigs where she began to gather her experiences that were later cultivated for her art and her exhibition KMOSSED at CityLights Projects in Melbourne.  Her eye, body and spirit has always straddled the line where fashion and art fuse. However, through her art Rosie seeks out the unclaimed darkness, the interdependence of that line “between superficiality and depth.”

Fellow Aussie and artist, Holly-Anne Buck sits down with Rosie for the first part of this interview. Buck’s multidisciplinary work has been shown widely around the world.  Since working in London she has created Collagism as a vehicle to explore collage and further her quest to collage the universe. Holly-Anne has been exhibiting her work in London, most recently producing large-scale collage installations at Apiary Studios, Hackney and recently exhibited at Someplace (Berlin), and Anna Pappas Gallery (Melbourne). In 2013 she exhibited at Conduit Arts Initiative (Melbourne), Art Athina (International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens) and The Vestibule (London). Holly-Anne works in her Studio in Redchurch St London and her recent show Eggs, Legs and Silk Webs was named in Top 5 Exhibitions in London August 2013 by The Whitechapel Gallery’s First Thursday Exhibitions Program.

ROSIE KAVANOCH: Why do I have to be first?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Because you’re taller.

ROSIE KAVANOCH: Damn.

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Ok so, what’s Kmossed?

ROSIE KAVANOCH: I invented Kmossed in 2007. I just graduated from art school and was partyin’ really hard. Art and Party was the equation that translated into my first solo show – KMOSSED.

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: (laughs) Ok…..I’m not getting anywhere. Does the word KMOSSED, the start, the middle, then end and perhaps beyond, have anything to do with Kate Moss?

"KMOSSED Lightboxes" 2007, Citylights Projects, Melbourne AUS

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: YYYYeah it does. As I said, we were partying hard at the time, and so was Kate. She’d just been busted for doing cocaine and was still so cool. Of course. Plus we were definitely  cool. Kmossed meant “Partyin” with style. I debuted KMOSSED at Citylights Projects in Melbourne, AUS, which featured on T.V as apart of the Lonely Planets Blue List of the Top 10 Cultural Attractions of 2007. The show was a hit and Kmossed was born!

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Tell me more! Tell me more!

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Oh Gawd…, Kmossed has always been a question, a cause..and a challenge! A typical KMOSSED work makes the case for the ongoing pleasure in the physicality and history of myself….

Personally, it’s my challenge to do what I want in life and do it really well, usually functioning best when criss-crossing the multidisciplinary continent like a comet…..!

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK:With style of course!!!

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: YES!

Quirky installations hang with vogue rafters. Heels shoot up next to legends. Spider bites equal dizzy heads, Roving beauty spots crawl over favourite body parts, lethal riches salute in their own romance, power dresses are in pain and EVERYONE has mouth to mouth. There’s a message in there somewhere! It’s my chaos theory in my art market, the memory of nylon, the burns on hands and knees…

Whether it’s really a label, a SpiderChav, a clubbers guide, a brushstroke of a lover, a snapping of the auto paparazzi, an ethos, or an improvisation, its here to stay!

"Silk Scarf," 2013 1 x 1m, Spiderchavs

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: How has KMOSSED evolved since that very first show?

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: It grew and fast! I wanted it to be everything, to touch everyone. I think I even had a wand at one point! (laughs). Suddenly it was no longer a reflection of “partying”. It was purely to do with (my) art practice, and a way of being.

HOLY-ANNE BUCK: Kmossed sounds extremely narcissistic, friendly, caring AND sharing! It’s  creative, sexy, broke and a pressing release on the WORLD.  It’s a one man collective, started by myself, but everyone is welcome, everyone gets involved…

KMO$ED, 2007 110 x 90cm

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: You were told around this time KMOSSED started, back in 2007, you were meant to meet me.

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: YES I was! I think it was Andy Mac, the director of CITY LIGHTS and UNTIL NEVER Galleries. He saw you in my work? (Laughs).

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Exit 2007, Enter 2012, London, UK, Mere Coincidence ?!?!

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Ah yes our mutual friend Fintans’ night Mere Coincidence on the first Friday of July there we both were in the deep east end. The liquor  (well, mine anyway) had just run out and in you walked with a bottle of  expensive champagne. I liked you instantly!

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Thank god for Mere Coincidence, and Champagne!

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: And you! Just for the record, I would have talked to you without the bubbles! But it was a nice touch, and nice timing!

Holly-Anne Buck "Jamais Vu," 2013, Paper Collages/Giclee Prints, Editions of 5 Exhibited at Anna Pappas Gallery for Project 13

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Before London there was New York…?

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Yes. I looked around one day and was bored. So I packed my bags and went to New York. Everyone kept telling me I needed to be there, so in the end I just packed my bags and went. I felt cramped in Melbourne and craved the, I don’t know…  international stamp of quality or something. I worked at Jack The Pelican Presents Gallery in Williamsburg.   JTPP was an internationally recognized gallery with a lot of heart and innovation. It was there I met lovely Anneliis, who started Artist for Artist. Through tHE JPPP family and the New York art scene in general I met new art, new artists and new beliefs… They took me in and opened up my eyes…..and put me to work – (laughs). One minute I would be drilling fire into a wall, the next I would be spoon feeding a doll’s house paint bombs, the next I would be mothering an electric beaver back into good health! It was a  very cutting edge environment, very conceptually driven, and VERY PLAYFUL. I loved every minute of it.

Rosie Kavanavoch "The New York Der," 2010 80 x 120cm

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Playful? YOU?! Your work revolves around the playful and provocative world of fashion. Your references are quite specific – to a certain theme and sometimes text…

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: I do a lot of research and planning. There is always a friction between surface and depth. I try to tap into that darker circumstance and comment on the danger of fanatical celebration in fashion and art.

HOLY-ANNE BUCK: And your ongoing fascination with the brand CHANEL?

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Ha ha! Chanel is my muse. In ‘Cover Up, it’s  2013’ a masked lady takes her Western nakedness of the fashion enterprise….

HOLY-ANNE BUCK:For a stroll?

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH:The leash she wears…

HOLY-ANNE BUCK: The leash she holds…

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH:The danger she faces

HOLY-ANNE BUCK: The damage that stays…

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: With fashion I see darkness. The interdependence between superficiality and depth – that’s what I find fascinating.

HOLY-ANNE BUCK: Smell the Reality roses?

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH:As for the LV Stephen Sprouse Roses – they are my stamp of the summer!

Rosie Kavanavoch "Cover Up, its 2013!" 2013 83 x 60cm

I have always found fashion at its most beguiling when it offers up some kind of narrative. I use photography in the art I make, but I also have a real fascination with text. These two interconnected roles really help define my style. I am in the early stages of my career though, so perhaps its something to do with wanting the audience know EXACTLY what I am saying… Art is a lot about working things out…and leaping with faith. If I’d worked it out, then what’s the point?

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Can you give me a few examples of your artwork with text present?

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: “Become a lotus Eater, but first, find out what one is.”

“Hit em where it hurts. Go for the cute button.”
“Can’t you see I love pretending to be in Pain.”
“Im bored, but at least my tits match my necklace”
“See my roving beauty spot. It’s like a slow motion insect, crawling over all my favourite body parts!”

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: “Two bats catchin’ up on the dark news!”

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Now you’re talkin’!! We both have the same dream about throwing the same thing out of the same window!

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Do you consider yourself a “fashion person?”

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: (Laughs) Do I look like one? No, the thing about me is: I identify with fashion but I don’t actually consider my self a fashion person, but more of an artist.

Rosie Kavanavoch "Breaking Silence (black)," 2010 108 x 90cm

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Aha ahem, neither us are right? LOL. Is there a specific, or not so specific process involved with your art making technique?

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Fearlessness. I will do whatever it takes to get my idea and dream out into the world at their most powerful. $$$ is always a problem because I hate downsizing dreams, but that ends up being part of the creative challenge. There is usually a multidisciplinary action packed process into transcending this dream. Unfortunately, I wagged most of art school, so when the aesthesis become demanding and I need to make a ‘dream come true’ via Photoshop, I call my friends. But, I am getting better!

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Installations play a big role in your exhibitions so far…

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: I really like to set the scene, to make a world with its own language, rules and aesthetic. When it comes to visual landscape I have a deliberate disregard for natural perspective or scale.

Rosie Kavanavoch "Grow Up (The Right Way)" 2010 80 x 120cm exhibited in "The World of KMOSSED" at Until Never, Melbourne.

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Large and in charge?

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: If you’re going to do it – you may as well overdo it….

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Tell me more about your unconventional use of media Whats the drive??

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Makeup, jewellery, lipstick, nailpolish – they have has always been an artistic thing for me. Life as art has always been the nature of my personal choices; I need to feel connected with the actual texture of something.

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: You have just spent 2 years in London, what the hell did you get up too?

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: HAHA! – a LOT. London is a NON-STOP city, after 2 years there you meet A LOT OF PEOPLE and swallow A LOT of information. I arrived and stuck my paws into as many pies I could possibly find. I ended up being PA to jewellery designer Jordan Aksill. I also worked for RANKIN for a few months at his gallery in Kentish Town. When I wasn’t doing that I was SpiderChaving around East London, and keeping up to date reports using digital media @ Kmossed.com. It’s my online hang out where I speculate, commentate, share my adventures, transaction, sightings and bitchings of the real world, and my make-believe world.

Rosie Kavanavoch "Hot Head Happiness" 2013

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Sounds like a MOTEL ROOM!

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: (Laughs) Sometimes it is!

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: How did you end up working for Jordan Askill?

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: When I moved to London I bumped into Jordan at the pool. He admired the rings on my fingers (Melbourne jeweller Marcos Davidson) and we bonded over our love of Elizabeth Taylor. Anyway, he went to NYC and I went to Romania and I got back and called him, and he had broken his hip – like, the day before! “FUCK!! I said.  Ok! I’m definitely coming to help you out. So I did. It has been such an adventure, such a journey, London Fashion Week, then Paris Fashion Week, with black crutches and parties and no sleep and jewels and way too much luggage, as always. Jordan and I joke, “We will always have Paris”.  He always puts his vision on the line and flies in the face of convention. He is one of those rare creatures that remains unfazed by the whole fame thing, which I find really admirable and endearing. He just wants to make jewels! Abby, a mutual friend who works for DAZED once described him as “An angel that fell out of heaven and into the earth.” I will always stick to that.

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Has Jordan been a big inspiration for your jewellery design? It’s pretty fab!

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: HAHA! It keeps breaking! I am making it out of clay though.

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: I love the ‘HOLLY-TRAP’ one you made me…even if it only lasted 2 hours! (Laughs)

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Um..Well I’ve always loved jewels and accessories and have incorporated them onto my clothes and art since forever. My sister gave me a plastic pink-hearted chandelier for my birthday once, but it didn’t stay a chandelier for long. All I could think was, ‘wouldn’t that be a BRILLIANT necklace! An earring!’ Working for Jordan has definitely been a huge inspiration; he is the one person that taught me anything is possible, and right now I am focusing on my 2nd jewellery collection. It’s on the tip of my world and I feel like it’s now or never!

Rosie Kavanavoch "Leg Lips: Staying Power," 2013

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Tip of the ‘World of Kmossed’ or the ‘World of Rosie’ ?
Both! I’ve decided to confuse the world! There’s the Lacquoix Eat Your Gingerbread-esque heart out style, then the stuff you would rather wear..than..um, eat. Can you guess which is which? (Laughs).

(Laughs) You have just begun your “Return to Oz” faze, too…..? Jewellery, Art, Writing? Doing what you do best? WHAT IS NEXT?

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: Since returning, I am working something big and top secret with a MERGE of jewellery, photography and religious iconography– the resurrection of KMOSSED, I guess I will call it for now!

I will, however, be continuing the Kmossed (legs)acy with exhibiting, and expanding its digital presence, with a art trip to New York planned later in the year with SpiderChavs.

HOLLY-ANNE BUCK: Is KMOSSED apart/gonna be apart of global slang?

ROSIE KAVANAVOCH: It already is! Same with SpiderChavs. Same with Collagism.

Collagism and Spiderchav "FREE PUSSY RIOT"

Before and After: Littlewood asks Robbins pt. 2

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