In Episode 02 of The Great Women Artists Podcast, Katy Hessel interviews the sensational artist and stage designer, ES DEVLIN!!
Known for creating some of the most memorable sets and stages the world has ever seen – including for the likes of Beyonce, Adele and Kanye West – Es is also world-renowned for her theatre and opera sets for The National Theatre to the Royal Opera House.
Revolutionising the stage with her iconic and memorable sculptures, projections and cubes, Es also embarks on her own artworks including her Mirror Mazes, AI-generated poetry sculptures, and Memory Palaces, the latter of which is currently on view at Pitzhanger Manor. See more here: https://www.pitzhanger.org.uk/whats-on/current-events-exhibitions/
In this episode we discuss Es’s role to impact the collective memory of 100,000 people at one time; bringing words and music to life through sculpture and sets; her upbringing in Rye and influences as a child; as well as going through her PHENOMENAL works that I really find to be some of the most emotional I've ever witnessed. She's amazing. Have a listen!
WORKS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:
Mirror Maze at Copeland Park (2016)
Hamlet at Barbican (2015)
Lehman Trilogy at National Theatre (2018/19)
Beyonce's Formation Tour (2016)
Kanye West x Jay Z Tour (2013)
Adele World Arena Tour (2016)
Camen at Bregenz Festival (2018)
UK Pavilion – Dubai Expo (2020)
Please Feed The Lions (2018)
Memory Palace at Pitzhanger (2019)
This is the Rye model! https://www.ryeheritage.co.uk/rye-town-model/
Thank you for listening!! This episode is sponsored by the Affordable Art Fair.
Katy Hessel: @thegreatwomenartists / @katy.hessel
Artwork by @thisisaliceskinner
Sound editing by @_ellieclifford / @naomiabel
Music by Ben Wetherfield