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Rachel Cox

Iowa City, Iowa

Artist Statement

In my series Wake Up I explore ideas about what a home can be.

How does the institution of the home, a place for learning and growth, foster attitudes towards tolerance and empathy? Alternately, can the home be the source where the seeds of bias and prejudice take root? Do these things lay dormant, sleeping, until activated by some outside force?

The homes and communities in these works are a metaphor; a construct that possesses the ability to shape people’s minds and understanding about the world.

These constructs are under scrutiny. Their walls – flimsy.

I work with cyanotype, a historical photographic practice once used widely for documentation of worldly specimens and architectural blueprint drawings. This notion of the blueprint, or plan, was adopted as part of my process when creating the templates for these constructed houses.
Each house suggests a type of suburban dwelling from a variety of regions. The community aerial prints are derived from satellite views of the neighborhood I grew up in. I create the sculptural houses, make photographs of the forms, and through the cyanotype process, coax out an image that lurks somewhere in between the familiar and the obscure.

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Artist Biography

Rachel Cox holds an MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico. Cox’s work has been featured widely in the U.S. and abroad including the Des Moines Art Center; Southeast Museum of Photography; The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; The Houston Center for Photography; The Belfast International Photography Festival, The Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland; Baijia Art Museum in Nanjing, China; Museo Amparo, Pueblo, Mexico, and Photo London. Cox’s work has recently been published in TIME, Vice Magazine, The Huffington Post, GUP International Magazine, the British Journal of Photography, and The Guardian. Cox’s work is included in the collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Musee de l'Elysee, The University of North Texas Special Collections Library, and in the libraries of the Amon Carter Museum of Art, Maryland Institute of Art, Pier 24, and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Rachel Cox currently lives in Iowa City, IA where she is an Assistant Professor of Photography at The University of Iowa.



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