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Erinn M. Cox. Estonian Academy of Arts. Selected Graduate 2019

Published: 18.09.2019
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Estonian Academy of Arts
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Klimt02
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Barcelona
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2019
Erinn M. Cox. Necklace: Let Me Be, 2019. Oxidized copper, silver.. 25 x 22 x 7 cm. Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk. From series: LONGING. Erinn M. Cox
Necklace: Let Me Be, 2019
Oxidized copper, silver.
25 x 22 x 7 cm
Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk
From series: LONGING
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Intro
The Master’s Thesis and the practical work of Erinn Michelle Cox is surely an exceptional one. First, the extreme sincere expression of pain and suffering is not common here, in Estonia. Love and betrayal should be hidden behind the curtains. Only the pillow knows it. Secondly, the work is executed in a perfect way to express suffering. The weight of the pieces actualizes the fact that … try to wear, to bear it all! Some small details, leaving the rings unclosed, some silver solder marks just like stars in the heaven. And the ring in itself — closed or not — a magical image.
We all know the tune: what comes up, must come once down. It is excellently expressed in the work of Erinn Michelle Cox. But in the art, the exception is the rule.
The working process with Erinn Michelle Cox was smooth and smart. She knows what she expects to achieve, and our conversations were versatile.  Her sculpture background supported the work as well as her authentic intelligence. Once she said: "there is a reason for everything." Actually, it cannot be clearer.
Some of the greater things in life are unseen, that’s why you close your eyes when you kiss, cry or dream.
I appreciate the work very highly.
/ Prof. Kadri Mälk
Estonian Academy of Arts


Loneliness is the slowest death: a requiem for longing by Erinn M. Cox

I believe we are each born with a knowing pain in our soul, and this innate understanding is loneliness: a deep and inconsolable ache for another to inhabit the empty space we cannot, and may never fill.  

Poet Charles Bukowski wrote:  
There is a place in the heart that will never be filled.  
A space.  
And even during the best moments and the greatest times, we will know it.  
We will know it more than ever.  
There is a place in the heart that will never be filled, and we will wait and wait in that space.


I have lived decades in this space, and it is here that I continue to wait – a lifetime spent in desperation that confounds the heart and the mind and ravages the body.  But there are moments when this profound loneliness becomes something far greater.  It becomes longing: an insanity of my own making, fed by an intoxicating and relentless pursuit for a chosen man that is exciting and devastating, suffocating and heartbreaking.  It is an agonizing cycle: painful in the utter dissection of the self with each invitation and rejection as I wholly long for someone to alleviate my paralyzing fear of dying alone.

To convey and bear the depths and complexities of my longing, I offer surrogates of things unsaid and reactions to words and actions received in massive black necklaces that are overwhelming to and on the body. Thousands of rings are wound tightly, then sliced and spread open – the intentional cut in order to open myself up to him.  My whole is splintered, connected and rejoined, forever changed yet never again complete. Each a cycle of wanting, sadness, and surrender entwined into a record of an impermanent and imperfect connection. The weave is the order amidst the internal upheaval, a sea of openings that serve as both a barrier and as a measure to contain the longing within and against the chest.  The rings are coupled with thick slabs of metal to embody the void, the empty space where the sadness and evidence of my loneliness is held.  Some lay heavily on the center of the chest, impeding the breath where the ache of longing stems, and others conform tightly to the neck bearing the burden that rejects reason and compromises the spine.

Each necklace represents the beautiful and grounded humiliation I have felt over the last eighteen months, sixteen eulogies that magnify the subtle nuances of this intense and unforgiving emotion I so tightly cling to.  And it is this very longing, this manifold symptom of my loneliness unchecked, that I both revere and grieve for as it slowly and decidedly kills me.  

Name of graduation student: Erinn M. Cox.
Name of the guiding teacher: Kadri Mälk, Piret Hirv and Eve Margus-Villems.


More work and contact:
Email: erinn.cox@artun.ee.
Website: www.erinnmcox.com.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erinnmcox.artist 
Instagram: erinnmichellecox


Find out more about the courses at Estonian Academy of Arts.
Erinn M. Cox. Necklace: One More, 2018. Oxidized brass, 9 cast brass remnants of longing, silver.. 22 x 45 x 2.5 cm. Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk. From series: LONGING. Erinn M. Cox
Necklace: One More, 2018
Oxidized brass, 9 cast brass remnants of longing, silver.
22 x 45 x 2.5 cm
Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk
From series: LONGING
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Erinn M. Cox. Necklace: I Didn’t See You Coming, 2018. Oxidized brass, polished brass, silver, cast gold bronze remnant of longing.. 22 x 35 x 8 cm. Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk. From series: LONGING. Erinn M. Cox
Necklace: I Didn’t See You Coming, 2018
Oxidized brass, polished brass, silver, cast gold bronze remnant of longing.
22 x 35 x 8 cm
Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk
From series: LONGING
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Erinn M. Cox. Necklace: The Night We Met, 2019. Oxidized brass.. 26 x 26 x 3 cm. Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk. From series: LONGING. Erinn M. Cox
Necklace: The Night We Met, 2019
Oxidized brass.
26 x 26 x 3 cm
Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk
From series: LONGING
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Erinn M. Cox. Necklace: I Always Knew How This Would End, 2018. Oxidized cast brass, oxidized brass, silver.. 15 x 99 x 2 cm. Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk. From series: LONGING. Erinn M. Cox
Necklace: I Always Knew How This Would End, 2018
Oxidized cast brass, oxidized brass, silver.
15 x 99 x 2 cm
Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk
From series: LONGING
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Erinn M. Cox. Necklace: You Can Have Whatever You Want, 2019. Oxidized copper, oxidized brass, silver, cast bronze remnant of longing.. 15 x 305 x 3 cm. Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk. From series: LONGING. Erinn M. Cox
Necklace: You Can Have Whatever You Want, 2019
Oxidized copper, oxidized brass, silver, cast bronze remnant of longing.
15 x 305 x 3 cm
Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk
From series: LONGING
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Erinn M. Cox. Necklace: I Wanted You to Like Me as Much as I Loved You, 2019. Oxidized copper, silver, oxidized brass.. 21 x 58 x 9 cm. Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk. From series: LONGING. Erinn M. Cox
Necklace: I Wanted You to Like Me as Much as I Loved You, 2019
Oxidized copper, silver, oxidized brass.
21 x 58 x 9 cm
Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk
From series: LONGING
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Erinn M. Cox. Necklace: Please Let It Be Me, 2018. Oxidized copper (1,847 rings), silver.. 39 x 75 x 2.5 cm. Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk. From series: LONGING. Erinn M. Cox
Necklace: Please Let It Be Me, 2018
Oxidized copper (1,847 rings), silver.
39 x 75 x 2.5 cm
Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk
From series: LONGING
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Erinn M. Cox. Necklace: I Like That You Like Me, 2019. Oxidized copper, brass, silver.. 16 x 55 x 5 cm. Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk. From series: LONGING. Erinn M. Cox
Necklace: I Like That You Like Me, 2019
Oxidized copper, brass, silver.
16 x 55 x 5 cm
Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk
From series: LONGING
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
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