Photographs by CVAD Visiting Faculty and UNT Alumna Rachel Cox
Artist talk and monograph signing
About the Exhibition
This exhibition features 16 photographs selected from the series Shiny Ghost, which has been ongoing for more than ten years. The exhibition celebrates Cox's return to UNT as a visiting faculty member in the Photography Program at the College of Visual Arts and Design. It is organized in conjunction with the release of her monograph on the project, also titled Shiny Ghost.
"In this project I have documented the final years of my Grandmother’s life as she was suffering from a degenerative brain disease. The images were made during moments of conversation, gesture, and experiences of death. The variety of photographic approaches towards the subjects are representative of a frantic need to record all aspects of my knowledge of her (whether performative or candid) in a hopes that these moments could be pieced together again, attempting to construct a more accurate portrait of how I would remember her. My Grandmother and I had a tumultuous relationship, never thoroughly understood, and missed connections of tastes and values flourished throughout our entire lives. Looking back on this project, the photographs reveal a deeper language we had been sharing for years, constituted of mutual vulnerability and trust, acted upon even in death."
About the Artist
Rachel Cox is a visiting faculty member at the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design and a 2017 artist-in-residence at Central Track in Dallas, TX. Her prints have been exhibited at The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Houston Center for Photography, David Weinberg Gallery in Chicago, and the Philadelphia Photo Art Center. Cox has shown work internationally at Museo de los Artes in Mexico City, Baijia Art Museum in Nanjing, China, The Musee del'Elysee in Switzerland, Museo Amparo in Mexico, and at PHOTO London 2016. Cox earned her BFA at the University of North Texas and her MFA at the University of New Mexico. Rachel Cox is represented by Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas, TX.
In 2016 Cox’s project Shiny Ghost was awarded 1st place by Lensculture Magazine in its International Portraiture competition. Additionally, her work was nominated for the Paul Huf FOAM award by the Foam Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam, an international photography prize for artists under 35. In 2015 Cox was one of three American artists included in reGeneration 3: New Perspectives in Photography, an international survey of contemporary photography. Cox’s work has recently been published in Vice Magazine, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and The British Journal of Photography.
The UNT Art Galleries programs are made possible by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the College of Visual Arts and Design, and private donations.