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May's CoCA Star: Alex Robinson

Posted by caroline on May 3, 2016


Alex Robinson is a portrait photographer currently completing her BFA at Cornish College of the Arts.

This month's CoCA Star is Curatorial Intern, Alex Robinson. Alex first started interning with CoCA in January, and has been dazzling us with her art installation skills and keen eye for detail ever since. If you have been at one of our events over the last few months you have probably seen Alex taking lead at our membership table. We count ourselves lucky to have her as part of the CoCA team!

Alex is an artist working primarily on portrait photography. Her work focuses on the stories of queer individuals, and explores the idea of self understanding and awareness. "I'm a queer artist working primarily on portrait photography. The large majority of my work focuses on the stories of queer individuals. Currently I am in school at Cornish College of the Arts, and interning for CoCA. Through these things I am building my voice as an artist and learning about myself and my practice."

 Alex Robinson, Untitled, Photograph, 2016. This photograph is part of a series exploring self understanding and awareness.

As part of her studies at Cornish, Alex has been working on a narrative series that is an exploration of the idea of self understanding or awareness. Alex recently collaborated with artist Amina Maya on a project about the intersections between race, gender, and sexuality. "Intersections" is currently on view at Presidents Gallery at Cornish. See more images from the series "Intersections" below.

To see more of Alex's work check out her Tumblr, Facebook, or Instagram.

The CoCA Habit: Kendra Boblett

Posted by caroline on April 19, 2016

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Kendra Boblett, Drunken Night Cursive Speech, 2016

CoCA brings to you a new habitual comic series, the CoCA Habit. With a long standing tradition of featuring up and coming artists, this series will feature Comic Makers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, who make comics their daily practice. Sometimes political, sometimes personal, sometimes just hilarious, artists are choosing the method of comic making as a daily and life practice. This series will run through the blog, as well as in the newsletter, so make sure to look for periodicals from the artists.

Kendra Boblett: Exploring what it means to be a twenty something woman in today's society:

For CoCA's first CoCA Habit feature, we are excited to spotlight the work of multimedia artist Kendra Boblett. Kendra is currently working on her BFA as a senior at Cornish College of the Arts. Her work will be displayed at the Cornish BFA Show from April 29th to May 15th.

Coming from a high intensity emotional place, Kendra Watlov Boblett creates works that explore what it means to have extreme feelings as a 22 year old woman in today’s society. Drawing from the trauma of romanticizing people who would never love her back, her digital comics become a brutally honest way of talking about that emotional state. This piece in particular, titled Drunken Night Cursive Speech (2016) combines poetic lyrics from her song “romanticyze” and a flat 2D comic book layout. The piece talks about her experience of dating and romance in a society where talking about love is taboo and sex is expected on the first hangout.

“So my name is Kendra Watlov Boblett. I am from Minnesota and also I am in my Senior year at Cornish. All of my artwork comes from a high intensity emotional place and by creating work, it helps me release it some of the extreme feelings I have.

I draw digitally and with pen and paper, I create short videos and gifs, dabble in photography, create disturbing paintings, write constantly, and occasionally make music. I am currently working on my BFA doing watercolor and acrylic paintings of my skin. Scars, cuts, bruises, so on so forth. Skin doesn't lie about what has happened to it. This my way of just being brutally honest about how I feel. The digital comic like drawings of myself come from my complicated "love" life.

Cursive Speech is about how I have realized I was romanticizing people who would never love me the way I wanted them to. I was either too much for them or they weren't enough for me. Being a 22 year old woman in today's society where talking about love is taboo and sex is expected on the first hangout/date can really skew your thoughts on what dating and romance is supposed to be and feel like. I'm still trying to figure it out. The text from the piece, "Drunken nights cursive speech i'm not your plum or your peach, going down to the lake, i don't think i have had a favorite mistake", is from a song I wrote called "romanticyze" which can be found on my soundcloud at"

Check back throughout the next month for further highlights from the work of Kendra Boblett.

To see more of her work visit her instagram, facebook, soundcloud, or blog.

 Are you a a comic book artist interested in sharing a look at your daily art practice? Contact us at for the chance to be featured in CoCA Habit. 

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