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.

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.

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

January 11 - March 28, 2019

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.