In a 2015 interview in The Paris Review, Koch describes pouring over antiquities at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as one of her greatest pleasures. Through this study she accentuates the relationships between the grasped arc of a swan’s neck, the upward sweep of an Egyptian cat’s tail, and the decorative curves of ancient intimate objects.
Each composition in the series of which this work is a part, is comprised of multiple drawing studies from individual museum collections. These compositions display enlightening affinities between various art objects and reveal Koch's keen eye. Through the drawings we are also given insight into Koch’s influences, process and the development of her own iconography. Making their world premiere at Picture Room, these drawings are a rare window into the artist’s private journals.
Aidan Koch, b. 1988 Seattle, WA, is an artist and graphic novelist. She received the 2012 Xeric Grant, and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards, Literary Arts. Her solo exhibitions include The Midnight Room at Open Space, The Sleeper at Weekends, Mood Board at Mission Comics, and Notes at City Limits. She has has shown work in group shows at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Hester Gallery, Company, Kimberly-Klark, Signal Gallery, and more. Publications include Little Angels, published by MoMA PS1, Heavenly Sea published in The Paris Review Summer 2015 issue, and Impressions published by Peradam Press. Koch has also given lectures and workshops at educational institutions including University of Florida and Parsons. Koch currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Pencil on Paper
14.25 × 11.5 inches