Petah Coyne, Untitled #1408 (The Lost Landscape)


Unafraid to explore a wide range of subjects or confront contemporaneous themes, Coyne’s innate dualities are transposed in the dichotomous themes of her work: transformation and constancy; life and loss; beauty and darkness. Like her inspirations, the materials incorporated into her sculptures are disparate— she has worked with organic, inherently ephemeral materials, in addition to industrial/man-made materials and objects. Throughout her oeuvre, Coyne has derived inspiration from diverse sources–literature, film, world culture, the natural environment, and of course the artist’s own personal biography. Notably celebrated are under-recognized female authors, and Eastern literary figures. In a 2018 New York Times article by Hilarie Sheets, Amy Gilman, director at the Chazen Museum of Art adeptly describes Coyne’s sculptures as “evocative in the way that great literature stays with you… Petah’s work exposes private things without being explicit, these deep wells of memory and meaning and relationship.”
Artwork Info
Date 2015-2018
Dimensions 66.5 x 65 x 61 inches
Medium Specially-formulated wax, pigment, silk flowers, waxed taxidermy, tree branches, chandelier, synthetic feathers, paint, black pearl-headed hat pins, tape, chicken-wire fencing, wire, steel, weights, cable, cable nuts, cable crimps, quick-link shackles, jaw-to-jaw swivel, silk/rayon velvet, 3/8" Grade 30 proof coil chain, Velcro, thread, plastic
Artist Info
Born Oklahoma City, OK
Works New York, NY


Petah Coyne is a contemporary sculptor and photographer best known for her large-scale hanging sculptures and floor installations. Her work can be found in numerous permanent museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum; Philadelphia Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland; and the Amorepacific Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea, among others. Selected awards include the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award, The Rockefeller Foundation Award, three National Endowment for the Arts Awards, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, and The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award. Coyne currently lives in New York and is represented by Galerie Lelong & Co., New York, Nunu Fine Art, Taiwan, and Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, Houston.