Cybele Cox’s practise explores ancient feminine symbols and occult mysticism, which is part of a larger enquiry into representations of women in the western art canon. Using hand built ceramic totems and figures, painting, drawing and more recently costume, Cox seeks to re-invoke occult practices of an imagined ancestral lineage. She makes the proposition that magic and ritual have been dismissed by the secular nature of Western society, which overlooks the importance of the spiritual realm and altered mental states. Making figurative sculpture is a means of entry into a mystical realm, which embodies hybridity of human-body-animal, fusing symbols from the mythic world with fantasies for a new feminist order. Her work proposes a return to occult knowledge, as a re-flowering of the spiritual. 

In 2015 Cox was curated into a Melbourne show, Romance Died Romantically and featured in a full review in the The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. She undertook last year an exchange at The Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and exhibited in Rundgang and Aa Collections in Vienna. Cox was the winner of The Stonevilla Wearable Arts 2017, and recently previewed for her 2017 exhibition at First Draft in Museum Magazine. Recent solo exhibitions include Ornamental Hallucination at First Draft 2017 and the Graduation exhibition at Sydney College of the Arts Galleries 2018. Upcoming for Art Month Sydney in collaboration with artist Eduardo Wolfe-Alegria in the window of The Bearded Tit presents: Hel’s Gate, The grotto chamber of Norse Goddess Hel. It holds a portal into the realm of the Dead, with a helmet talisman, altarpiece and grotesque.

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Education

2018           Master of Fine Art, Sydney College of Art

2017          Exchange to Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, with Professor Julien Gothe, Vienna

1994          NSW College of Fine Arts (CoFA), BA Fine Arts, 

1991           The Julian Ashton Art School

Solo Exhibitions

2018          Ornamental Hallucination, Graduation Exhibition, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney         

2017          Ornamental Hallucination First Draft, Sydney

2012           Cave Dwellers, Eramboo Artist Environment, Terrey Hills  

2010           New Paintings, MOP Projects, Chippendale

2009          Cave Paintings, Maunsell Wickes at Barry Stern Galleries, Paddington

2007          Pluto Squared, blank_space gallery, Surry Hills

2001           Little Lies, Global Gallery, Paddington

Group Exhibitions

2018          Hel’s Gate, Window, with Eduardo Wolfe-Alegria, Art Month, The Bearded Tit, Sydney

2018         The Golden Flower Pot: Arcane Folly, collaboration with Ali Noble, Lismore Regional Gallery, N.S.W

2017          My Emotionalism, curated by Ali Noble, Air Space Projects, Sydney

2017          Scorched Earth Happy Land, curated by Georgij Melnikov, Aa Collections, Vienna

2017          Rundgang, Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, Vienna

2016          Lady Voodoo group show with Ali Noble and Helen Shelly, Rubicon, Melbourne

2016          The Golden Flower Pot: Psychedelic Temple, with Ali Noble, Strange Neighbour, Melbourne

2015           The Golden Flower Pot, with Ali Noble, Mop Projects, Chippendale

2016          Fresh Paint-Grilled Chicken, Articulate Project Space, Sydney

2015          Romance Died Romantically, Curated by Amy Marjoram, Strange Neighbour, Melbourne

2014            Love Triangle, Sheffer Gallery, Darlington

2013           Brown Matter, with Anna John & Emily Hunt, Institute of Contemporary Art, Newtown               

2012           Between You and Me, Eramboo Artist Environment, Terrey Hills

2011           Speaks Volumes: The Ron & George Adams Collections, MOP, Chippendale

2008         Medium Shift, Gaffa Gallery, Surry Hills

2007          For Your Pleasure, Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney

Grants

2016          NSW Artist Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts

2016          Sydney University Post Graduate Support Scheme PRSS

Awards

2018            Artspace One Year Studio

2017           Winner of The Stonevilla Wearble Arts Prize

Bibliography

2015           Two-Thousand, art blog, review, issue 483, soft jungle

2015          Art Collector, April-June edition., 2015, back pages

2015           Das Super Paper Online, http://dasplatforms.com/writing/the-golden-flower-pot-cybele-cox-and-ali-noble/

2007          DUKE Magazine, Issue: Trois, Interview: Raquel Welch & Emily Hunt

2001           Sydney Morning Herald, Metropolitan, 11th August 2001, pg.8  Lenny Ann Low, Little Lies by Cybele Cox,

2001           3D World Magazine, Ishil Itihyar, review, Little Lies, 15th August, pg.32

2001           Revolver Magazine, Arts review; Go Global, 18th August, pg.21