Petah Coyne

Petah Coyne

Everything That Rises Must Converge

By Denise Markonish (Editor); Joseph C. Thompson (Foreword by); Rebecca Solnit (Contribution by)

Yale University Press, Paperback, 9780300167702, 128pp.

Publication Date: August 10, 2010


Unlike many contemporary artists who focus on social or media-related issues, Petah Coyne (born 1953) imbues her work with a magical quality to evoke intensely personal associations. Her sculptures convey an inherent tension between vulnerability and aggression, innocence and seduction, beauty and decadence, and, ultimately, life and death. In her darkly beautiful sculptural installations, she uses unusual and eclectic materialssuch ashay, black sand, wax, satin ribbons, artificial flowers, white powder, and taxidermy animals.

This handsome book features works spanning the past decade, among them pieces that incorporate literary themes from diverse sources: Flannery O Connor (who inspired the current book's title), Yasunari Kawabata, andDante. Additional works take their inspiration from filmmakers such as Yasuhiro Ozu and Michelangelo Antonioni.The volumeincludes an interview with the artist and an original short storyby A. M. Homes that responds to thethemes and narratives in Coyne's work.

About the Author
Denise Markonish is a curator at MASS MoCA. Her curatorial projects at MASS MoCA include the 2008 exhibition "Badlands", for which she edited the accompanying catalog "Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape", published by the MIT Press.

Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of sixteen books about civil society, popular power, uprisings, art, environment, place, pleasure, politics, hope, and memory. She is a Harper s contributing editor.