Coco Warner-Allen is a London based artist who is currently studying Fine Art at Chelsea. Her multi-media practise explores feminist ideas such as The Male Gaze, the performativity of the feminine and how damaging the current media environment is to girls and women. She is also interested in how beauty and femininity are constructed through both contemporary visual culture and throughout the history of art.
Her textile practise is feminine, humorous and excessive. The works take on a diarist format as she explores female identity and traditional concepts of femininity. She draws on her own lived experience of being in a woman’s body in an image obsessed culture as well as addressing the pain that living in a patriarchal society can cause. She aims to reclaim and modernise the female history of textiles and embroidery by engaging in a larger social commentary of what society expects from women, to be sweet, demure and docile.
Her work as a textile artist subverts the traditional use of embroidery as a mode to keep women with their hands busy and minds idle. She produces pieces that watch the spectator back, denying voyeurism and passivity, and includes language that expresses the often repressed and underrepresented female rage.
The materiality of her pieces also link her work to the modern day by using sequins, beads, ribbons and tulle. She thus provides a connection between the feminine roots of craft and textiles. She aims to engage in the paragone between craft and art by elevating such skills and media which is so often looked down upon as feminine and lowly, not heralded as masculine ‘high art’.
As well as literature-based research, Coco opens up these conversations amongst her own peer group to learn first-hand what it means to be a woman today, and the gender based discrimination that they face daily.
Coco works to give a voice for women and draw attention to their viewpoint, one so often ignored and dismissed. She explores and overtly denies the ideals of what a woman should be and brings women’s voices into the public realm.
2021-2022 MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts
2020-2021 Graduate Diploma Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts
2016-2019 Bachelor’s Degree in History of Art at UCL
Root, October 2021, Chelsea College of Arts
Graduate Diploma Open Studios, June 2020, Chelsea College of Arts
I’m Ready to Dance Again, May 2020, Safehouse Peckham