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I currently have a large painting, "In the Garden of Autumn" in the Amplify exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art through October 24, 2021. I am currently represented by Catalyst Contemporary in Baltimore, Maryland and had a solo exhibition titled "Frauenhuas" from November 2019 - February 2020. My recent studio work depicts taboo intimacies between women—acknowledging and emphasizing the female gaze. My work opens up a dialogue about the increasingly open presence of lesbian couples in contemporary society and the lack of their presence in the history of Western art.
I am a painter, photographer, graphic designer and writer. I earned my MFA from Massachusetts College of Art's program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.
The videos and interviews below are a great way to get to know me and my work, please take a few minutes to watch/listen!
Historically, society has ignored the notion of the very existence of lesbian couples. Images of female couples in both painting and photography have been repressed, hidden, or explained only as erotic material for the male gaze. I draw on my own life with my partner of 18 years, as well as on the intimate lives of lesbian couples in my community — building visual narratives that champion these undeniably intense, complex, celebratory, and still-taboo relationships between women.
My process usually begins by photographing a lesbian couple—often in a constructed pose that I mine from both historical paintings and photographs. I chooses works that depict traditional male/female couples and replace both figures with women, but one is often more androgynous. I blur the lines between female and male identities by making gender distinctions more ambiguous and challenging viewers’ expectations. My final works of art consist of oil paintings, watercolor monotypes, acrylic on mylar and photographs.
Nov 2019 - Feb 2020 Frauenhaus: Solo Exhibit at Catalyst Contemporary , Baltimore, Maryland
Nov 2018 - March 2020 Tomboy: Solo Exhibit at Function Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
Nov 2013 - Jan 2014 Taboo: Solo Exhibit at Silber Gallery at Goucher College, Towson, Maryland
Permanent Installation My Baltimore: 10' x 10' foot circular backlighted artwork installed in ceiling at LifebridgeHealth Sinai Hospital
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The Naked Truth: Queer Artist Interviews by - Joan Cox
Listen on Apple Podcasts [Recorded on Sunday, March 28, 2021]
"Today I am joined by Joan Cox. A Baltimore-born feminist and lesbian artist, Joan is a figurative painter whose work portrays intimate and loving relationships between women—through the use of contemporary narrative portraiture. Joan is represented by Catalyst Contemporary in Baltimore and had her most recent solo exhibit entitled “Frauenhaus” at Catalyst in late 2019 - early 2020".
~ Peter Dayton
Near and Queer to My Heart Comedy Interviews by Amanda G, Episode 59 - Joan Cox
"Destiny meets podcast! The universe kept bringing artist Joan Cox into our orbit and we knew we had to interview her! Join us as Joan shares how she found her purpose as an artist, how she goes for her dreams, and how she uses her art to bring beauty and social awareness to the world."
Mask Art To Raise Money For Baltimore Artists, LGBTQ Fund
“On the mask, I have not only the standard Love is Love, of course, Black Lives Matter right here on the black stripe,” artist Joan Cox explained, showing off the design of one of the masks. Cox is thankful to be a part of the event, which has helped fuel creativity. “A lot of art shows have obviously been canceled,” Cox said.
COVID-19 pandemic sparks new ways of building community for LGBTQ Americans
"Since masks have become a part of Americans daily lives, Maryland Art Place invited people all over Baltimore to decorate these essential items for a cause. So the event is put together to raise funds for the Baltimore Community Foundations LGBTQ Fund, so the organization is providing a base. It's a canvas cut out mask with straps ready to put on. Artist Joan Cox says that after picking up a canvas base, participants were able to paint right on them. And in my case, I'm adding some extra pieces to turn it into a complete steampunk post apocalyptic Edgar Allan Poe inspired mask costume combo."
LGBT Artists - Joan Cox - Finding the truth, by Matt Mentner
Joan Cox talks about how she preps her works of art just prior to her solo exhibit, Frauenhaus, at Catalyst Contemporary in Baltimore.
LGBT Artists - Joan Cox - Finding her groove, by Matt Mentner
Painter Joan Cox discusses how she found the kind of work that really spoke to her.
Homeworking: Making Art in a Home-based Studio, By Kate Valdez
Interview with the artist Joan Cox and the investigation of her home-based studio practice. This is one segment out of a three part mini-documentary that explores three different artists and the home-based studio practice...how it influences their work and family life.
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