Scarlett is a renowned fine artist, chef, musician and writer based in Torino, Italy. The daughter of artist parents who blessed her with a storied and eccentric childhood in Los Angeles, Scarlett often collaborates with her mother, the legendary muse’s muse Michèle Lamy, and her stepfather, celebrated avant-garde designer Rick Owens.
Scarlett’s performance career began at the precocious age of four, when she was a member of the pop-punk band ‘The Visiting Kids’ – conceptualized by performance artist Nancye Ferguson and produced by Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh. Between 1985-87, Rouge could be seen incarnating various characters in her father Richard Newton’s experimental theatre and film productions, namely a controversial reinterpretation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, for which Newton won the International Ibsen Award in 2013.
After graduating from CalArts, she worked her way from busboy and go-go dancer to head chef at Les Deux Cafes in Hollywood, the iconic restaurant established by her visionary mother, whom she sometimes refers to in her writings for PFC as ‘The Hun’ with a healthy mixture of admiration and awe. She continues to participate in the family business from conceiving and producing phenomenal events, to the opening of flagship stores, or the fabrication of contextual artworks and displays. Notable among these, ‘A Matter of Life and Death’, was a temporary performance installation Rouge created in collaboration with Anatol LaFayette, for her mother’s Lamyland’s Bargenale during the Venice Biennale, 2015.
Rouge’s work as a painter is inspired by religious art and the historical use of frescos to engage with the collective psyche. In September 2017, Scarlett launched her musical collaboration with Michèle Lamy and Nico Vascellari, LAVASCAR, creating the soundtrack for The Hun’s exhibition ‘Montage of a Dream Deferred’ for RBMA Festival in Paris.
For Pure Film Creative, Scarlett collaborates with James Killough on writing projects and separately with Rain Li on filmed art installations, the first of which, ‘Beyond the Walls of Eden’, was shown at art fairs and galleries across Europe in 2017-18 (see below).