Coco Johnson

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As an emphasis was put on making your own protective mask at home during the pandemic, I began sewing fabric breasts into a protective helmet or shield. Once completed, I decided to push the concept further by making a protective body suit. In isolation, I used myself as a model. I began exploring the relationship I have to my body and the effect of performative movements. Being blind within the body suit, the actions I perform depend on mood, physical touch, how I navigate my environment, and the surrounding noise. The blindness furthermore allows me to explore choreography that flows naturally throughout my body. The process partially resembles an interpretive dance.The long exposure captures my movements rendering them continual and fluid, yet I am restricted to a confined space. The physical force of domesticity fights against my body and its actions. 

The title Body Armor felt appropriate for the series as it derives from a time when populations are protecting themselves not only from disease, but also from many forms of prejudice. The work serves to embrace the body, a place of empowerment, with all its unique flaws and celebrate the raw power of the unedited. It is a way to accept one’s self and to view others without judgment of the physical body.

Title: Body Armor No.23 Medium: Long Exposure Digital Photograph Year: 2020
Title: Body Armor No.12 Medium: Long Exposure Digital Photograph Year: 2020
Title: Body Armor No.15 Medium: Long Exposure Digital Photograph Year: 2020
Title: Face Mask Medium: Digital Photograph Year: 2020
Title: Body Armor No. 25 Medium: Long Exposure Digital Photograph Year: 2020
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Coco Johnson is from Gilbert, Arizona and is a multi-media artist focusing in painting, photography, textiles and ceramics. After receiving her BFA from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, she accepted a residency in Reykjavik, Iceland where she took part in several international exhibitions. Coco received her MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2020.  Her work challenges her conservative upbringing, drawing on personal experiences as a woman relating to body, gender, fetishism, queerness, visibility and even the sport of synchronized swimming. By combining textile and ceramic arts, she explores the dichotomy of hard and soft, masculine and feminine, obscurity and familiarity, while presenting a strong sense of materialism.

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Norway
Oslo
Throughout history women has been objectified and mistreated. In the last century things started to change rapidly for the better. This image of being a woman became ever more complex if possible. The focus I’ve had in this project was the female role in the 21st century, my personal dilemma and the...
China - Hong Kong / Macau
Hong Kong
The idea of Unpeeling started with one of the artist’s grandma’s after dinner habits - peeling oranges and share them with her family. The act of peeling oranges symbolizes sharing, connecting and healing. Peeling the orange reveal the vulnerable center, and metaphorically this action exposes the ar...
Mexico
Valle de bravo
These photos are part of my series "Mud" ,beauty is everywhere, framing it well is a challenging goal. When one tries to bring life to a frame, suddenly the expectations are elevated, but we do our best. Life’s a Journey.
United Kingdom
London
'Women of the Market' is a photo-essay that documents the daily lives of the women that run the Vietnamese marketplace. I wanted to highlight the grit, strength and beauty of the women that provide for their families, while simultaneously working full time at the m...
Italy
Genova
Panic attack. Analogic photography. Double exposure. Kiev 88. Ilford HP5 400 This photographic series was made during a personal search for the expression of my discomfort. I was never able to put into words what I felt (still feel) with my panic attacks, but one evening, after developing the...

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