Orly Cogan

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Orly Cogan works with vintage, printed fabrics and found embroideries made by women of previous eras. She modernizes their traditional work and alters its original purpose. The fabric becomes the foundation for a fantastical, exotic exploration. Cogan is drawn to the space between dichotomies, such as soft and tough, dirty and clean, fantasy and reality, especially as they relate to gender. Her 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, she mixes subversion with flirtation, humor with power, and intimacy with frivolity. In the process, Cogan aims 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? Who are our role models? She hopes to ask all of this within the context of constantly shifting boundaries that define our relationships and identities.

 © Grrrl Art 2016