Rosy Keyser Interview: Painting After Jimi Hendrix


Interview with American artist Rosy Keyser about her painting Monterey (2007), inspired by Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival in June 1967.

For Rosy Keyser (born 1974) Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar on the stage of Monterey Festival represents a moment of uncontrolled fearlessness. In her own work, Keyser strives to archive something similar, giving herself the freedom to experiment and not having to live up to any expectations. The only solid rule existing in her work, she says, is not to obey any rules. Consequently, Keyser likes to play with forms and materials – always open for something random to happen in the process.

“There’s something more precise about the language of a painting, just by nature of its physicality and materiality, so that’s why it’s not so easy to talk about them.” Keyser explains. Moreover she reflects on her different states of mind working in urban Brooklyn opposite her rural hometown Medusa, New York, where nature still engraves upon her paintings.

Rosy Keyser was interviewed by William Pym.

Camera: Troels Kahl
Produced by: Jakob Solbakken and Marc-Christoph Wagner
Music by: Jimi Hendrix
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2012

Supported by Nordea-fonden

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