By exploring contradictions of femininity and cultural identity, I am attempting to touch on ideas of the nightmare of femininity, the female grotesque and the plasticization and distortion of feminine imagery. I play with materials and a process that explore my complicated relationship towards this idea and of the actuality and the fantasy presented and how both appeal to my senses. On one hand, these images lead us to define what is a valued body- the tinier, thinner, lighter, whiter, blonder- female bodies that seem to disappear, as culturally desirable and acceptable. On the other hand, I am simultaneously thrilled by beautiful images and the appeal of advertising - how it presents a luminescent, retouched quality and projected fantasy.
Which in turn, is the reason I create these hybrids - part creatures created from culture at large, part monsters on their own behalf . They appropriate themselves as weapons, part delighter's in their own excess and materialism and also taking delight at the roles created for them . They adorn themselves and they wallow in themselves and they hold themselves separate. They are judged only by the way they look - horrific, excessive, beautiful, and not beautiful enough. There is also the aspect of using markers as the best way to fight - signifiers of cultural disguise for aggression. Feathers, masks, natural adornment - making easier the balance between fighting something and also reveling in the fact that most of the items I am using are synthetically made.
By addressing both newer and older visual myths I am able to mine a trove of culturally popular images, desecrate and recreate them, piecing together inbred characters that are made of parts. Issues of the gaze, otherness, female identity and body, and cultural attitudes towards those issues. Women's bodies have and always will be a ground for multiple agenda's.
Artist Bio / CV
Coco Papy. B. 1985, Savannah, GA.
Coco Papy was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1985, the year of the ox into a southern mix of greek and minorcan family. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
2010 Lush, Solar Gallery , East Hampton NY
EDUCATION AND RESIDENCIES
- 2010 I Heart Art, Wassaic Project , Work Gallery. Brooklyn, NY
- 2010 Play For Keeps, Tribute Gallery, Portland, OR
- 2010 Tracing Territories, Tribute Gallery, Portland, OR
- 2009 Anonymous Drawing, Blutenweiss Gallery, Berlin Germany
- 2009 Artifice, Senitel Gallery. Brooklyn, NY
- 2009 Exquisite Corpse, Paul Robenson Gallery, Rutgers University. Newark, NJ
- 2009 Fund-Raiser, City Without Walls,Newark, NJ
- 2009 Over and Out, Elizabeth Laurence Contemporary Art Space. San Francisco, CA
- 2009 Reclaim Your Instincts, Vellum Gallery, New York, NY
- 2009 Seduction, C.C.C.P Gallery. Brooklyn, NY
- 2009 Self-Portraiture, We Art Space, Oakland, CA
- 2009 Visual Aids, Metro Pictures. New York, NY
- 2008 Anonymous Drawing, Blutenweiss Gallery, Berlin Germany
- 2008 Everyone's Favorite Little Show, Kleinart-James Art Center. Woodstock, NY
- 2008 Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artist Space. New York, NY
- 2008 The Fall Show, Around the Coyote. Chicago, IL
HONORS, AWARDS, AND GRANTS
- 2009 Artist Residency, Woodstock-Byrdcliffe. Woodstock, NY
- 2008 Artist Residency, Escola d'Arts Plastique I Disseny. Barcelona, Spain
- 2008 Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts. New York, NY
- 2008 Bill Ginsburg Fellowship, New York, NY
- 2008 Silas Rhodes Fellowship, New York, NY
- 2010 " Creating With Coco ". Summer Series Online Artist Interview. , Glovebox Blog. Glovebox Boston. Boston, MA
- 2010 " Top Emerging Artists To Look Out For " The Underdog Issue., Beautiful / Decay Magazine. Fallah, Amir.
- 2009 " Exquisite Chaos at Rutgers ", Metro Arts. The Star Ledger. Zeaman, John.
- 2009 " The Exquisite Corpse ", Paul Robeson Exhibition Catalogue. Bell, Anonda
- 2009 Liste Basel : The Young Art Fair. , Courtesy Blutenweiss Gallery. Basel, Switzerland
- 2010 Blutenweiss Permanent Drawing Collection, Berlin, Germany
- 2010 City Without Walls Permanent Collection, Newark, NJ.
- 2010 T & W. Thesenfitz und Wedekind, Hamburg, Germany