1981 · United States
Koak creates emotionally charged portraits of female figures. The artist imbues her figures with a sense of agency and inner life to challenge patriarchal views of the feminine. Engaging hierarchies of gender as well as form, Koak interrogates commonly held cultural assumptions defining women as passive objects of desire. Drawing on the visual vocabulary of comics, the exquisite technique Koak is known for allows her mark-making to appear beautifully effortless, but is in fact the result of a rare type of generous and hand-made master craftsmanship.
Koak (b. 1981) lives and works in San Francisco. Recent solo exhibitions include: Return to Feeling, Altman Siegel, San Francisco; Holding Breath, Union Pacific, London; Breaking the Prairie, Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles; Seed for Planting, Walden, Buenos Aires and Bathers, Alter Space, San Francisco. Recent and forthcoming group shows include New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley (forthcoming); Palo Santo, Ratio 3, San Francisco; Liquid Dreams, Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles; American Fine Arts, BBQLA at Cloaca, San Francisco; Condo, Et al. at Celaya Brothers, Mexico City; You Are Who I Think You Are, American Medium, New York City; and Female Gaze, Museum of Sex, New York City. Koak holds an MFA in Comics and an individualized BFA from the California College of the Arts.