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Willa Cox
updated: 11/16/2009
website: willacox@msn.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
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Black Point No. 2
Black Point No. 4
Black Point No. 5
Black Point No. 6
Tantalus No. 4
Altered Monotype, No. 16
Altered Monotype No. 8
Altered Monotype, No. 12
Altered Monotype, No. 17
Altered Monotype, No. 11
2008, No. 12
2008, No. 7
2009, No. 4
2009, No. 3
2009, No. 2
 
Portfolio Keywords:  gestural, landscape, nature, process, biomorphic, organic
 
 
Black Point No. 2 by Willa Cox
Black Point No. 2
ink on paper
2006
15" x  12" 
Black Point No. 4 by Willa Cox
Black Point No. 4
ink on paper
2006
15" x  11" 
Black Point No. 5 by Willa Cox
Black Point No. 5
ink on paper
2006
15" x  11" 
Black Point No. 6 by Willa Cox
Black Point No. 6
ink on paper
2006
17" x  12" 
Tantalus No. 4 by Willa Cox
Tantalus No. 4
ink on paper
2006
12" x  15" 
Altered Monotype, No. 16 by Willa Cox
Altered Monotype, No. 16
mixed media
2008
15" x  12" 
Altered Monotype No. 8 by Willa Cox
Altered Monotype No. 8
mixed media
2008
12" x  12" 
Altered Monotype, No. 12 by Willa Cox
Altered Monotype, No. 12
mixed media
2008
12 " x  12" 
Altered Monotype, No. 17 by Willa Cox
Altered Monotype, No. 17
mixed media
2008
17" x  12" 
Altered Monotype, No. 11 by Willa Cox
Altered Monotype, No. 11
mixed media
2008
12" x  18" 
2008, No. 12 by Willa Cox
2008, No. 12
mixed media on Paper
2008
30" x  22" 
2008, No. 7 by Willa Cox
2008, No. 7
mixed media on paper
2008
30" x  22" 
2009, No. 4 by Willa Cox
2009, No. 4
mixed media on paper
2009
29" x  22" 
2009, No. 3 by Willa Cox
2009, No. 3
mixed media on paper
2009
30" x  22" 
2009, No. 2 by Willa Cox
2009, No. 2
mixed media on paper
2009
21" x  29" 

Artist Statement

When I was a child, I loved the surprsing effects I got by applying a lot of paint to a sheet of paper, pressing a blank sheet on top of it, and then pulling the two sheets apart.  These were my first monotypes.

Now, I use a wide variety of tools to apply etching ink to a flat, rectangular zinc plate.  For example, I use natural sponges, cotton swabs and balls, lamb's wool, wooden tongue depressors, rubber gum massagers, felt, terri-cloth, and brushes of all shapes and sizes.  Sometimes, I thin the ink with mineral spirits or plate oil to have different consistencies.  When I am satisfied with the image I have created, I place a dampened sheet of paper over the plate and run the plate and paper through an etching press.  This transfers the ink to the paper.  As only one image is created, the process is called monotype.  There are always surprises (some magical, some devastating).

To date, all my monotypes have been representational based on nature, and in black and white.  The devastating surprises become the starting point for altered monotypes - images that I work on with charcoal, watercolor pencil, and acrylic gouache.  Most of my altered monotypes are also black and white.  Some remain representational, others become abstract or semi-abstract.  

The other body of my work is larger scale, nature-based abstraction in mixed media on paper.  These works incorporate elements of the monotypes as well as many other materials and techniques and are in color.

 

Artist Bio / CV

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Degrees of Distinction, Selected UH Art Department Alumni Exhibition, 2009

Fall Brush Exhibition, The Pen and Brush, New York, New York, 2007

American Landscapes, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, Maryland, 2007

Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2006

Honolulu to New York, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2005

Works on Paper, Louisiana State University Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2002

American Landscapes, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, Maryland, 2002

Contemporary Drawing, Visceglia Gallery, Caldwell College, Caldwell, New Jersey, 2001

Twelfth National Juried Exhibition, Viridian Artists, New York, New York, 2001

Twenty-fifth Anniversary Exhibition, Queen Emma Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2001

Faber Birren Color Award Show, Stamford, Connecticut, 2000

Thirteenth Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 2000

Preserving the Garden: Saving New Jersey Landscape, five NewJersey venues, sponsored by the New Jersey Printmaking Council, 2000

National Works on Paper, St. John's Univeristy, Jamaica, New York, 1999

Printwork, Barrett House Gallery, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1994

Bowery Gallery, New York, New York  1991

Artists of Hawaii, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1982, 1981

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS 

Queen Emma Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2001

University of Hawaii Commons Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1983

Queen Emma Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1980

COLLECTIONS

Kate Ganz Collection, New York

Persis Collection, Hawaii

Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawaii

Private and corporate collections

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts, University of Hawaii, 1983

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Hawaii, 1976