Joan Cox

Joan Cox, is represented by Catalyst Contemporary in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work validates the presence of dynamic, complex, sensual, sexual and loving relationships between women—making them less taboo.

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
July 17, 2021 - October 24, 2021

Amplify focuses on the experiences of woman-identifying artists in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. Virginia MOCA curators have connected with curatorial colleagues and asked them to share their recommendations of woman-identifying artists who are exploring identity and the gendered roles of women. Constructs regarding a woman’s identity can be complicated and loaded with political agendas and nuances; yet they are also fascinating, beautiful, and filled with joy when embraced in all their forms. Through a variety of media and approaches, the artists in Amplify explore some of the many aspects of what it is to be a woman. They reveal common themes from an intersectional, and deeply personal lens.

Virginia MOCA curators took inspiration from a strategy first developed by women staffers of the Obama administration when their contributions were overlooked at meetings. When one woman spoke up or offered an idea, another would both recognize and repeat it. They called this strategy “amplification.” By persistently supporting one another, they were heard. This exhibition’s goal is the same. Virginia MOCA will echo the work and ideas of the artists in Amplify. Through the exhibition, programming, and online platforms, their voices will become louder, and they will be heard.

Artists: Megan Angolia, Endia Beal, Susie Brandt, Barbara Campbell Thomas, Caitlin Cherry, Joan Cox, Helen Criales, Erika Diamond, Erin Fostel, Amy Herzel, Amy Hughes Braden, Susan Jamison, Sue Johnson, Julia Kwon, Margaret Meehan, Ambrose Murray, Meg Stein, Nastassja Swift, SHAN Wallace.

Organized by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Curated by Alison Byrne, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Education, & Heather Hakimzadeh, Curator.

523 N Charles Street, Baltimore, 21201
November 14th, 2019 - January 11th, 2020

January 11 - March 28, 2019

These paintings invite viewers to see intimate relationships between two women, acknowledging and emphasizing the female gaze. The pieces featured in the show highlight and reference narrative portraits of lesbian relationships and their lack of presence in Western art history even though visibility and accessibility of the community has increased. These portraits, some rendered realistically and some more abstracted, offers archetypes of women as domestic lovers placed in the context and reference of famous artworks. The word frauenhaus itself is a German term describing a womens’ house or a womens’ refuge. Another facet of Cox’s work is the allusion to the lesbian community often being overlooked due to the societal dismissal of these intimate relationships. For example, two abstracted female figures walking on the beach and holding hands could merely be friends, relatives, or lovers. Societal thinking shies away from the latter, willfully assuming the former even when evidence is presented otherwise.

Frauenhaus seeks to create a space carved out specifically for these lesbian relationships in an effort to normalize, acknowledge, and elevate both societal and viewer acceptance that women can love women.

You can view all of the work and installation photos of Frauenhaus on the Catalyst Contemporary website.

Silber Art Gallery, Goucher College in Maryland
Sept. 22 - Dec 8, 2013

You can view all of the work and installation photos of Taboo on the Baker Artist Award nomination website.