Coco, Stained glass mosaic and textile collage, 25.5 x 24.5, framed
"Coco" is a stained glass mosaic and textile collage. She's multi-layered with a raised collar and gem-stone necklace. Coco's face, neck, hand and hair are stained glass, as is the window behind her. Her outfit and the plaid wall to her right are both fabric collage.
"Coco" is a tribute to Coco Chanel, one of my heroes. After the death of her mother, Coco Chanel spent much of her life in an orphanage. There, she learned to sew which became the bedrock of her career as a fashion icon. Coco once said, "My life didn't please me, so I created my life." That attitude makes Coco one of my feminist heroines. We can't control what we are given in life, but we can decide what we do with it.