About Joan Cox

I use narrative, historical art references, fantastical elements of costumes and autobiography to depict taboo intimacies between women—acknowledging and emphasizing the female gaze. My work consists of large paintings, photographs and monotypes created over the past two years. I construct intimate moments in my photographs and create narrative portraits of lesbian relationships.

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 Baltimore native and although I left town for a few years to have adventures in New Orleans and Alexandria, Virginia, I have been back in Baltimore since 2011. I am a painter, photographer, graphic designer and writer. I am a recent MFA graduate from Massachusetts College of Art's low-residency MFA program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

I received a BFA in Painting from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland in 1991. I have created many different bodies of work, exploring new mediums and exhibiting steadily. I began as a watercolor-based figurative painter, experimented with digital media and collage-based paintings and then transitioned into large oil and acrylic paintings. My consistent subject is the figure, both actual and implied. I have most recently shifted my focus to the portrait—individual artist portraits and double portraits of women in intimate relationships.

You can email me at joan@joancoxart.com

To watch a recent interview with me in my studio, click here.

To watch a more in depth video about my work and my process in my Provincetown Studio, click here.

About Joan Cox