Cox’s exploration of these intimate moments began after painting a double portrait of herself and her partner. The piece titled “Night Hunger” (pictured above, left) is a nod to Austrian-born painter Xenia Hausner and is a reinterpretation of one of Hausner’s works. From this first reinterpretation stemmed an interest in infusing historical works of art with a new perspective. Referencing artists from Gustave Courbet to Frida Kahlo, Cox revisits historical pieces and reinvents them to create a new perspective and offer a new dimension to the works. With “The Lovers” (pictured above, right) Cox reinterprets Egon Shiele’s “Lovers” to depict a rather intimate moment between two women, rather than a man and a woman.
The exhibit also plays on ambiguity and androgyny. It is only upon closer examination that the viewer can distinguish the figures as female. The idea that these images could just as easily be of heterosexual couples creates a dialogue that further conveys that the love between two women is just as valid and true as any other form of love. These moments of tenderness and love are universal, not taboo.
Through the use of soft colors and juxtaposing strong brush strokes, Cox’s acrylic works are romantic and intense; capturing so elegantly the real emotions experienced within relationships. Add to this her bold canvases and beautiful photographs and you get a cohesive exhibit that remains as diverse as its subject matter.
Taboo will be on display at the Silber Art Gallery of Goucher College from October 22 to December 8. The exhibit is free and open to the public every Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 4pm. An artist’s reception will be held Friday, November 8th, 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Silber Gallery. Please visit www.goucher.edu/silber or Call 410-337-6477 for more information.
Taboo by Joan Cox
Free • Thru Dec. 8
Silber Art Gallery at Goucher College
1024 Dulaney Valley Rd. • Towson