Petah Coyne | the artist
The artist Petah Coyne
Born 1953, Oklahoma City, USA.
Lives and works in New York, .
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Like the amorphous, hanging forms created by Eva Hesse, Coynes sculptures have an explicit human presence that challenges the austerity of minimalism…
"I love "the front" of this sculpture, its presentation of quiet and beauty. But if I had to "hang out," the back is where you would find me. Its unfinished roughness is closer to the world in which we actually live. It holds all the intimacy of a conversation, or the closeness felt in a beauty parlor as you slowly talk and some how are comforted by the touching of your hair. In this private back area, all can be said and forgiven (not unlike the old confessionals in the Catholic Church). It is a small space, full of light and hope, the same one I still hold out for the world- at-large."
Above and Beneath the Skin
Massive and baroque, Petah Coyne's haunting sculptures belie their humble material origins. Using wax, hair, beads, ribbons, bows, and fake flowers, the New York-based artist's work conjures fairytale and myth…
Terror and beauty go hand in hand in Petah Coyne's works