Celebrating Alexandria Coe

THE LONDON-BASED ARTIST CHATS BODY ACCEPTANCE AND THE POWER OF CLOTHING

Noelle Wolf loves the work of London based artist Alexandria Coe. The main
subject of Coe’s work is the female nude. She focuses upon the simplification of
the human form, exploring the depth of expression that is possible with
minimalist mark-making. Her style is adapted to convey a neutral view of the
female form via drawing.

See below for our interview with her.

How would you define your relationship to your
body? And your mind?

I think people often think I am incredibly secure from
how I present myself and how comfortable I am with
nudity. I have as many hang ups to the next person and
ultimately as insecure as the next person. But I’ve been
through my own journey with it and embracing nudity
really supported this acceptance of who I am and what I
look like, almost like exposure therapy. Ultimately our
minds are the most attractive feature and sense of self
worth and self appreciation can be seen in how we treat
our bodies. If you eat well, exercise and move as much as
you can, then you have a beautiful body.

Do your clothes, and specifically underwear, hold
power for you?

Of course. I think for women there is a power in
subversion and power in choice. You should honour any
woman who chooses to completely cover up her body, or
expose as much skin as possible. For women clothing has
been historically something that binds you to patriarchy,
but also something that has been part of our liberation.
There is something very empowering about wearing
special underwear even on the most mundane days, as
it’s something you have worn for you and for you alone.

I think for women there is a power in
subversion and power in choice.

What inspires you?

Mostly human experience. My own personal practice is
mostly about my digesting the way others and my own
mind works. So I am always inspired visually by people
but mostly by what is inside and how we communicate
(or don’t). I am inspired by all levels of experience, good
and bad, heartbreak and liberation, we need
to feel everything to process it all.

Which pieces from the Noelle Wolf collection do
you most respond to? Your favourites?

I love the navy Swiss embroidery MIST SET. That Yves Klein
Blue is my favourite colour and the set looks so good on
(and most importantly it feels good on). I love sleeping in
the NAVY SILK SHORT SET too. I think it’s so important to
have beautiful materials against your skin all day.

I am inspired by all levels of experience, good and bad, heartbreak and liberation, we need to feel everything to process it all.