New York

Vicki Teague-Cooper

Siegeltuch Gallery

In her recent solo show, her first in New York, Vicki Teague-Cooper demonstrates a clear-cut talent for symbolic expression. The artist, who is formerly from Texas, can stir the soul with her haunting vision. Taking a traditional pictorial format, that of the figure in landscape, she has reinvested it with emblematic meaning in the group of new oil paintings and recent charcoal-and-pastel drawings that were shown here.

Each work represents a singular confrontation with the unknown. In the painting Threshold, 1987, a naked figure of androgynous appearance is at the edge of a huge gaping hole in a dark and barren landscape. The tiny figure, who turns up in almost every composition, is holding a flaming torch here. Is she/he at the lip of a volcano, or perhaps about to fall into a bottomless hole? Or will the figure fall victim to some unseen malevolent force? The naked figure’s vulnerability

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