Rose McGowan (QuarARTine special episode)

Talk Art Season 6 continues! Recorded during lockdown on 19th April 2020 from the Mexican jungle, Russell & Robert chat to Rose McGowan, leading activist, author, singer, actress and creative polymath.

We discuss her debut album 'Planet 9', how creativity can promote healing, why Rose sees America as a cult, growing up as a child in the Children of God cult, Rose & Robert's shared admiration for her previous partner Marilyn Manson's Mechanical Animals album & the song Coma White that written about Rose's life story. We discover why she loves collecting art and how the works she's chosen are closely linked to her own life story, including a painting she bought, whilst filming Charmed, by artist Eric Blum of an invisible woman and more recently works by Claire Falkenstein, Grant Haffner and Stanley Donwood of a figure "holding back the waves of the ocean" which she sees as representing her strength in the face of adversity.

We learn about Rose's father, a skilled painter & airbrush artist, who made futuristic surreal paintings as well as Kodak commercials and Baci chocolate box packaging designs, the inspiration she drew from Edward Hopper works while directing 2014 thriller 'Dawn', her love of Ernest Hemingway, a memorable visit to Rothko's Chapel of fourteen black paintings at the Menil Collection in Houston, her admiration for latter-day Magritte, buying a fake Magritte painting from a garage sale as a teenager and her passion for Rodin & Camille Claudel's sculptures.

We reminisce about her 2018 collaboration with shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood for the 'Hacker' live show in London, and her later performance at Venice Biennale 2019. Rose is also influenced by architecture including Zaha Hadid and Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House in LA. and her loves of two time periods 1930s and 1970s, her respect for "seminal artist" Yoko Ono and Artemisia Gentileschi, the 17th Century Baroque painter and Frida Kahlo whose house she visited recently in Mexico City!

Rose's debut album 'Planet 9' is OUT NOW! We also recommend reading her memoir 'Brave'. Follow @RoseMcGowan on Instagram, @RoseMcGowan on Twitter, her official website For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon. For all requests, please email


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