Renée Cox, born 1960 in Jamaica and living and working in New York is a Jamaican-American artist, photographer, political activist and curator. She graduated in Film Studies from Syracuse University, after which she decided to create still photography. After three years working as a fashion photographer for various magazines in Paris she returned to New York City, where she continued to work as a fashion photographer for ten years. In the early 1990s, inspired by the birth of her first son, Cox decided to focus primarily on fine art photography. She received her Master of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York and subsequently spent a year working with Mary Kelly and Ron Clark in the Whitney Independent Study Program
Regarding her work, Cox notes that her “main concern is the deconstruction of stereotypes and the empowerment of women.” She uses herself as her primary model in order to promote an idea of “self-love” as articulated by bell hooks in her book Sisters of the Yam, because as Cox writes in an artist's statement, “slavery stripped black men and women of their dignity and identity and that history continues to have an adverse affect on the African American psyche.” One of Cox’s main motivations has always been to create new, positive visual representations of African Americans.
ink-jet print on watercolor paper
76 x 44 inches