Spotlight: Artist Orly Cogan

By Katiee McKinstry

Orly Cogan expresses her feminism through fiber art. Cogan’s art studio is located in Cold Spring, New York. “I’ve been working with feminist issues and fiber materials for nearly 20 years,” she said. “Given the current political climate, my work is more on-topic than ever.”

She does not cater to a certain demographic, as she strives for her art to be inclusive of the entire feminist community. Cogan has been an artist all her life, and she attended the Rudolf Steiner Waldorf School from second to twelfth grade, going on to major in painting.

“This kind of education has a strong emphasis on the arts and values of creativity,” Cogan said. Through her art, she highlights feminist messages, and reuses past work to create something powerful and new, sending a powerful message how appreciation of the arts and equality.

The tableaux that Cogan make are inspired by her own relationships and personal experiences. She works with vintage and printed fabrics, as well as found embroideries made by other women over the years. “I act as a collaborator, modernizing their traditional work and altering its original purpose,” she said. “The fabric becomes the foundation for a fantastical exploration.”

Through the use of fabric, Cogan achieves her desire to recreate past women’s art through their original fabrics, which is what inspired her to start her fiber art. Fiber and art are not often words used together, and within this new artistic movement She is at the forefront, using her art to represent women of the past, present, and future.

Cogan studied at The Cooper Union in New York City, and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Corgan’s next solo exhibition is called “Don’t Call Me Princess” and will be held at the Battleboro Museum and Art Center from Oct 5, 2018 to March 2, 2019.