Venice Update: Laurence Dubé-Rushby

Artist, Laurence Dubé-Rushby, is the middle of an ‘a space’ arts supported research fellowship with the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. We caught up with her while she’s in Venice to see how the experience was going.

What are you seeing?

I see as much art as possible around Venice, but what has been the most fascinating is to see one artist’s work for such long hours. The work of Cathy Wilkes in all its details shows incredible precision. Each day that I’m working at the British Pavilion I discover a new element and new meaning.

However, my favourite view in Venice is the one I get from my own bedroom; every morning, I stand on my bed, open the window and I salute these guys at the top of San Marco Basilica (pictured).

What are you eating?

If I am working at the Pavilion, I tend to start the day with a cafe and croissant integrale al miele (a wholemeal croissant with honey).

Lunchtimes, I make myself a salad with fresh ingredients which I take with me for the day as we have little time to do anything else at the Giardini. This includes fresh pomodores (tomatoes), rocket, parmesan, olives, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and sometimes an octopus salad.

Tonight Carole, my flat mate, and I have cooked some pasta with fresh pesto, parmesan cheese, a tomato salad with as much garlic as we can take to scare away the vicious mosquitoes with our breath.

On a lazy day, we just pop to the pizzeria downstairs and get a full veggie pizza with artichoke, zucchini, olives, and mushrooms. Yum!

Of course one gelato per day is the minimum requirement in Venice. Una palina (one scoop) is only €1.50, with incredible sorbet or cream flavours. My favourites are fruit di bosco, mango, melon, or tiramisu.

Who are you meeting?

Last week when visiting collateral events I met with a German artist who lives in LA, Lilli Muller.

She has been in Venice for two months and is leaving tomorrow; she came to exhibit her work in the Giudecca district and was determined to stay with the work rather than having others presenting it. People’s participation is crucial to her art as she casts body parts to create site-specific installations. She showed me a couple of interesting art venues and bars in the Rialto district. During the evening, I discovered that she was mentored by Louise Bourgeois for over ten years.

Today, at the Pavilion, I had a chat with Sophie Jung, a performance and installation artist from Basel, also involved with the UK art scene. Her work is awesome and inspires me to kick-start my own text based intervention in Venice. 

You can read more about Laurence’s experience in Venice on her blog. Keep an eye out for her upcoming instagram takeover on our account next week.