Rachel Cox

Rachel Cox

United States, born in 1984

In Shiny Ghost, Rachel Cox investigates her growing relationship with her dying grandmother as she gradually lost her battle against a degenerative brain disease. Instead of focusing on the illness itself, the photographs highlight the interactions between the two women and the vanity the granddaughter sometimes attributed to the old lady. Confronting the imminent loss of a family member, the artist re-examines the photographs she took, building them into a narrative that forms a record of their daily meetings and conversations. Lavishing especial care on the composition and ordering of these photographs of places, of her grandmother and of her belongings, Cox testifies to the final moments of a life slowly flickering out. The camera thus becomes a prosthesis that conveys an intimacy the protagonists never really shared before — as if, as the end neared, the potential for a kind of mutual absolution was realised at last.


UNM — University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, United States, 2010 – 2013
University of North Texas, Denton, TX, United States, 2003 – 2006


Rachel Cox, Mind Meld ; Bequeath This, Glass I ; Wiglet 11; Wiglet; Don’t Smile, Smile; Casket and Two-turtles, from the series Shiny Ghost, 2012
Inkjet prints
75 x 75 cm 60 × 50 cm and 45 x 45
© Rachel Cox

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