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Orly Cogan


  • artMRKT San Francisco 2011
  • Art San Diego 2010
  • Art Aspen 2010
  • Love Street
  • Beyond the Border Art Fair

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    The tableaux I create are inspired by relationships. They evolve from the personal mythologies of my memories. I work with vintage, printed fabrics and found embroideries made by women of previous eras. I act as a collaborator, modernizing their traditional work and altering its original purpose. The fabric becomes the foundation for a fantastical, exotic extrapolation.

    I am drawn to the space between dichotomies, such as soft and tough, dirty and clean, fantasy and reality, especially as related to gender. My work explores common feminine archetypes and stereotypes, such as Madonna/Whore, Pin-Up Girl, Lolita, and the Femme Fatale. Searching for that odd thing, the Feminist Beauty Queen, I mix subversion with flirtation, humor with power, and intimacy with frivolity.

    In the process, I aim to provoke certain questions: What role do women want to play in society? Who do we want to be? What kind of relationships do we want to have? Who are our role models? I hope to ask all of this within the context of constantly shifting boundaries that define our relationships and our identities.


Dog Eat Dog, 2006 | hand stitched embroidery, paint, applique, crochet doily on vintage print table linen | 50 x 50 inch

Orly Cogan


New Birth | drawing and collage on paper | 12 x 35 inches