Teenage Coq

Allison Katz

Teenage Coq , 2012

114.00 x 152.00 Centimeters
Oil and rise on canvas
Unique artwork
Estimate $14,000 - $16,000
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About the artwork

Teenage Coq exemplifies Katz's creation of a visual language through word associations. In the oil painting, an almost comically large rooster stands in the center of the canvas, its neck and visible eye sloping forward at a protruding angle. The stylized bird is comprised of geometric forms and painted with yellows, greens, and reds. Katz uses basic formal elements such as shapes and lines to depict the animal and the connotations it holds. Roosters are a common motif in Katz's visual language of puns and word associations.

About the artist

Allison Katz

Allison Katz was born in 1980 in Montreal, Canada and currently resides and works in London, England. After studying fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal, she received her MFA from Columbia University in New York City in 2008. Both a painter and a writer, puns and word associations fill the canvases of Katz’ work, drawing a line between the visual and verbal. Katz uses recurring images - animals, figures and body parts, and food, among others- in her paintings, which, in turn, form them into motifs, changing their original meaning and taking on new associations. 

These motifs and images create a new language for Katz to explore and to convey in new ways to her audiences. The linkages between text and images, seemingly having no thematic connections, take on a diaristic and intimate quality. The meaning of the subjects in her paintings morph and take on new meanings. She uses both visual and physical interruptions in her paintings: the shadow of a nose protruding from the corner of a still life of a cabbage, or even sand and rice mixed into the paint pigments. 

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