The tableaux I create are inspired by relationships and evolve from personal mythologies. 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.


about the artist

Orly Cogan was born in Jaffa, Israel. Educated at The Cooper Union in New York City and The Maryland Institute College of Art, Cogan’s works are included in permanent museum collections such as the Museum of Art and Design, New York, The Brooklyn Museum of Art and The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Oslo. Cogan has been exhibiting her work for over two decades and has been at the forefront of the fiber arts movement in contemporary art. Cogan lives and works in the Hudson Valley, NY.

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