The Reception for Lotus Eaters will be held Thursday, September 13th, from 6pm to 8pm.
Drea Cofield’s new body of work draws inspiration from literary sources, including the story of the Lotus Eaters from Homer’s Odyssey. In the epic poem, the hero Odysseus encounters a tribe of lotus-eaters on his return to Ithaka. The flowers and fruits—possessing a narcotic quality—overcame those who ate them with lethargy and a blissful forgetfulness. Cofield expanded on this ancient metaphor of forgetting cultural rules to depict what she calls “an amoral Eden,” where nude figures exist and interact with one another in a hedonistic, alternate reality. Instead of illustrating Homer’s story literally, Cofield developed a mythological voice of her own to describe her fictitious world and the characters who inhabit it.
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Drea Cofield is based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2008, she received her B.A from DePauw University, and in 2013, her M.F.A from Yale University School of Art. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Ideal Glass Gallery (New York, NY) and Durden & Ray (Los Angeles, CA), and group shows at Able Baker Contemporary Gallery (Portland, ME), Stella Elkins Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), and Coustof Waxman Gallery (New York, NY). In 2016, Cofield curated “Bomb Pop-Up! Show: A Three-day Three-Story Art & Music Show” in Brookyln, NY. She is the recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant and the Yale University Gloucester Painting Prize.