Orly Cogan gets it. She really does.. like how can you be cute and sexy, good and naughty, love ruffles and make an excellent case for feminist theory. I’ve talked about Orly Cogan before.. she’s one of the first artists I interviewed wayyy back. We kept in touch over the years, and when I went to New York, I was sure to stop by for a studio visit.
Orly typically works in embroidery on vintage textiles, her scenes are whimsical world where sexuality and cake are quite natural. She’s also gone out and done installations like Confections a picnic of knitted cakes and a Shelter from the Storm Tent with frolicking and pets. It was really amazing to view everything in progress, she has loads of anitque table cloths which she transformed into art, building something new out of the forgotten.
Her work is intensely personal, and has certainly evolved over the years, she’s always expressed her love of dichotomies, archetypes and stereotypes… polarities, Madonna/Whore pin-up girl, Lolita… femme fatale. Things that are so external, yet affect all of us in one way or another, Orly’s revealed how it’s affected her stitching saints and anxious cake eaters. What I find striking is the humor she finds polarity between stereotype and personal experience.
Here are some photos I’ve taken of a few compelling pieces of work… there were so many more, but we’ll have to see them another day.