English, Rose (13 of 13). National Life Stories: Artists' Lives
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2005-12-08, 2006-02-03, 2006-04-11, 2006-05-08, 2006-06-05,
Interviewee's home/studio, London
English, Rose, 1950- (speaker, female)
Dyke, Anna, (speaker, female)
Part 13: [39:39] Story of RE’s friendship and relationship with MF; first meeting when ‘Adventure or Revenge’ showed in Toronto; subsequently lodging with MF in Montreal home/studio; (1980s) both in other relationships - RE with Spanish poet Elena Sainz; talking with MF after having dinner with Mona Hatoum; 1995 beginning relationship with MF; 11 years to date. MF moving to England 1996; filtering contents of her vast studio and moving to tiny space in England; lives in Woodbridge, Suffolk. Describes MF’s site-specific collaborative work with partner Lyne Lapointe eg. ‘Le Musee des Science’ in the Battery Maritime Museum, New York; book of their work titled ‘Studiolo’; MF’s previous work as curator, writer and art critic. MF’s work is increasingly concerned with the history of science, methodologies shared by artists and scientists; recently as NESTA [National Endowment of Science, Technology & the Arts] Fellow; returning to making art and writing; also has gained a doctorate. RE and MF’s shared interests. MF’s father was designer Allan Fleming. MF’s role in developing GB’s book on RE. Also worked for a time as Royal Society as fundraiser. Negotiating time together; living in separate places much of the time. [13:22] RE’s home, housing association top floor flat in west end of London; describes the space; contents of studio room; objects inherited from family; sparkly coat from the ‘The Double Wedding’. RE’s conversations with EG; conversations with friends eg. Andrew Poppy and Julia Bardsley; MH; Francois Testory. Spending free time; passion for dancing tango in 1980s/90s; staring out of the window, into space. Reason for agreeing to take part in ‘Artists Lives’ project; being part of a history of art; RE’s experience of being inspired by Ballet Russes designs, and ballet books - being transported by subjective written descriptions of ephemeral performances. Reflects on making this recording. [39:39]