Coco Dolle is a New York based artist whose work explores themes of the body, identity and feminism. Using drawing, painting, photography, video, dance and performance art, Dolle’s practice challenges the confines of social stereotypes and examines the position of women in culture. A regular attendee of late sculptor Louise Bourgeois’ Art Salons, her work evolved into conceptual and social territories.
Over the past decade, Coco has developed a personal mode of working that merges the roles of artist, curator and performer, with her performance art project Legacy Fatale , built on notions of ancient mysticism and punk leadership, and with her curatorial moniker, Milk and Night .
Her work has been exhibited and performed widely including at The Queens Museum (NY), Czech Center (NYC), Manchester Art Gallery (UK), Nagoya Art (Japan), BAM (NYC), SELECT Fair Miami Art Basel (FL), Berkeley Museum (CA), SPRING/BREAK Art Show (NY), Catinca Tabacaru Gallery (NYC), Mary Ryan Gallery (NYC), Andrew Edlin Gallery (NYC), Yukiko Kawase Galerie (France) and Deitch Projects (NYC).
Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Forbes Magazine, ArtForum, ArtNews, Creators Project, Vice Magazine, W Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Sun, Time Out New York, Steidz Magazine, Brooklyn Rail, NY Observer and Purple Art.
Coco Dolle’s works are included in numerous private and corporate collections in the USA, Europe and Japan.
Coco Dolle was born in 1974 in Avignon, France. She lives and works between New York, USA and Rochefort-du-Gard, France.
I live in a multiverse of unconventional realms. Independently trained in a variety of body awareness and visual arts, my work is both a celebration of a personal construction of my feminine identity and a social quest for female leadership. My aim is to find archetypal meaning in transpersonal powers, using the female principle to challenge cultural and political boundaries.
Raised by a bi-polar mother, I have been confronted with neurotic disorders and disruptiveness in my childhood and throughout my adult life. Fueled by a keen sense of self-survival, I have deeply identified with the archetypes of women warriors and the mystique to forge a multi-faceted art practice empowering the psyche.
In my work, I am the artist, the performer and the choreographer. I construct performance narratives based on ancient pagan rituals and contemporary dance concepts where I transcend traditional systems through historical revisionism.
Sourcing from iconic and glamourous imagery, my visual practice presents an aesthetic of serialism found in both optical and pop art. Through this act of repetition where I use line drawing, disruptive patterns and photography, I attempt to blur formal perceptions in binary paradigms and stimulate contemplative states of being. These works all address transgressive issues on female territoriality, worship, censorship, resistance, sexuality, perversion and personal freedoms.
New York, 2019.
With a background rooted in modern and theatrical dance, I have spent years as a professional dancer and model working with New York creators and acclaimed artists such as Alex Katz while studying painting with Larry Poons. My modeling works appeared in Vogue Japan, WWD, Dazed and Confused.