“just be wonderful”

From childhood stories of beached whales to having her work acquired by MoMA, New York based artist Petah Coyne and I cover it all! To say that this episode has been a game-changer for my own artwork would be a massive understatement. This amazing woman lit a fire under me, and I have a sneaking suspicion she’s going to do the same thing to you! Listen right up there underneath Petah installing her work at Galerie Lelong in New York, or subscribe on Apple Podcasts / Spotify.

First up, here are the images I posted the first time I wrote about Petah a couple of months ago:

The peacocks! I mean, I am in awe. Again.

This is “Dante’s Daphne”. Petah and I didn’t talk about it, but she mentions it in the fabulous video she did with SFMoMA so I thought I’d pop in here for you to see:

Sigh. The detail she puts into each piece astounds me.

Oooh, and this… this is the piece MoMA acquired {that was one of my favorite stories from this episode!}:

I’d love to stand under this beauty so that I could just really, really LOOK.

So yes, Petah often works with found objects and wax, but just look at these absolutely stunning glass pieces:

Gasp! I saw these at “Glasstress” in Venice a few years ago, but didn’t realize who the artist was. When I started down the ‘Petah Coyne rabbit hole’ before I wrote about her last month, I came across these images and realized I actually have seen her work in person! They were breathtaking. Clearly.

Next, I had to include some of Petah’s photography. These are more recent than the photos she showed “at a bank in Dayton”… I believe these are from the late 1990’s – early 2000’s:

Aren’t they gorgeous? See, everything Petah does has a bit of magic to it!

And finally, let’s finish up with a whole bunch of birds:

Love, love, love! I cannot even begin to express how much this episode meant to me and the progression of my own artwork. Thank you so much to Petah for being so warm, generous, brilliant and wise; and of course, thank YOU for listening. There will be more ART FOR YOUR EAR next weekend.

Other Links:

  1. Petah on Instagram
  2. Galerie Lelong & Co, NYC
  3. SVA (School of Visual Art, NYC)
  4. Alice Aycock, Artist
  5. Donna Dennis, Artist
  6. Jodi Pinto, Artist
  7. Kenji Fujita, Artist
  8. Daisy Patton, Artist
  9. SFMoMA video with Petah {so good!}
  10. New York Times – Art section
  11. Whitney Museum of American Art
  12. The Brooklyn Museum
  13. MoMA
  14. Toby Lewis, Collector
  15. Strand Book Store, NYC
  16. Chanel
  17. My latest work


comments (17)

  1. “just be wonderful” - fooledbyart /// 11.20.2020 /// 8:28pm

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  2. Carlos Infame /// 11.21.2020 /// 12:50am

    Such wonderful conversation, I found both of your stories helpful and inspirational, the wale story I cant stop picturing the scene. Thank you both.

  3. Susan /// 11.21.2020 /// 6:21am

    Can’t wait to listen to this episode. I love your podcast and perspective. Petah is great. So funny and smart. I worked in her studio in the late 1990’s and modeled for the wedding series of photos. I am in the first photo you shared–the dress with the sculptural folds. It was taken not long after I got married in 2000.

  4. Ann /// 11.21.2020 /// 12:28pm

    This was so special.

  5. Jodi Renshaw /// 11.21.2020 /// 2:43pm

    Hi there! just finished listening to this episode. I was thrilled to hear Petah compliment some of your latest works and now I am dying to see them! Please tell me where to look. THANK YOU!

  6. the jealous curator /// 11.22.2020 /// 10:11am

    thanks jodi! there’s a link at the very bottom of the ‘other links’ section 😉

  7. Leila Rose Fanner /// 11.23.2020 /// 2:03am

    Oh my! Danielle, when I first saw Petah and your post about her, I wanted to comment ‘She is your Faerie Godmother’ After listening to this heartfelt, insightful and informative conversation I realized that could not have said it better. I’m so excited to see where Petah’s mentorship takes your work. And regarding fears – remember that when the student is ready the teacher appears ‘You are So ready.

  8. the jealous curator /// 11.23.2020 /// 8:00am

    ahhhh, thank you leila! xo

  9. Jacquelynn /// 11.23.2020 /// 6:54am

    Love, Love, Love! Petah is amazing and your conversation was exactly what I needed to hear today.

  10. Julie /// 11.24.2020 /// 12:41am

    So happy youre back with the podcasts and this one was such a good one! They all are!!

  11. the jealous curator /// 11.24.2020 /// 11:52am

    thanks julie 🙂

  12. Cheryl Hansen /// 11.25.2020 /// 3:47pm

    Wow! What a generous, smart and interesting artist! I loved it. I wish she was my mentor too!!! How exciting for you. Amazing.

  13. the jealous curator /// 11.25.2020 /// 9:34pm

    soooo exciting!!!

  14. JOYCE POMEROY SCHWARTZ /// 12.19.2020 /// 6:38pm

    I loved this personal, true history of one of my favorite artists Petah Coyne.
    We have so much in common including appreciation some great women artists, Donna Dennis, Alice Aycock and Jodi Pinto. I also enjoy the wonderful multicultural life of New York.

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