Louise Jones, known as Ouizi, is renown for her floral murals on buildings around Detroit and the world. The 2018 Movement Detroit Artist-in-Residence tells SEEN about her art influences.
By Stephanie Steinberg
Photography by Justin Milhouse
Name: Louise Jones
Artist name: Ouizi
Hometown: Los Angeles
1. How long have you been in Detroit?
2. How would you describe yourself in a sentence?
A Chinese firecracker.
3. What age did you start doing art?
Formally since middle school.
4. What medium do you typically work with?
5. How would you describe your artwork?
6. Where do you find inspiration?
The natural and the supernatural.
7. What’s one of your favorite pieces you’ve made?
A very red 5-by-5 foot painting on cradled wood panel.
8. Who’s one of your favorite Detroit artists?
9. Who’s one of your favorite artists in general?
10. If you could collaborate with any artist (dead or alive) on a painting, who would it be?
11. Where can we find your work?
12. Do you have any upcoming shows?
I will be in a show with several other contemporary artists, shown alongside works by Georgia O’Keeffe, at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas. I will also be in a group show in Janice Charach Gallery at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield this fall.
13. What’s something others may not know about you?
I play the ukulele sometimes!
Read about more emerging artists in SEEN’s Art Issue.