In the Garden of Autumn

In the Garden of Autumn


Joan Cox

(Baltimore, MD) 

Oil on canvas 

From the moment I paint a figure on a canvas, I enter into a complex dialogue with the long history of figurative painting utilizing the male gaze that fills museums, galleries and our visual memories. My work fits into this context of identity politics, with equal parts feminist agenda and lesbian narrative and taking the route of translating my own autobiography into a sort of composed fiction. These lush narrative essays present the viewer with richly symbolic images of intimate relationships between two women, acknowledging and emphasizing the female gaze. I draw on my own life with my partner of twenty years as well as the intimate lives of lesbian couples in my community to build visual narratives that champion our undeniably intense, complex, celebratory and (still) taboo relationships.

I earned my BFA from Towson University and MFA from Massachusetts College of Art's program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.