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PUSSY POWER ART IS EVERYWHERE! THANK YOU ANDREA COOK.

Something keeps catching my eye. I've seen one in NYC and I've seen one in Paris and now I keep seeing people posting them on Instagram.  Pieces of art from Andrea Cook are everywhere. Andrea is more than an artist though. She calls herself a changeologist. In case you are new to this phrase, it is a professional activist who observes and inspires change in ways that alter traditional values, perceptions and identities. Her collection, called Pussy Power certainly resonates with me.  In the era of #metoo and #timesup they tell the story I want to hear.  One were women are inspired and empowered by their own femininity.   She take a whimsical approach to the heavy and often ugly politics of being a woman.  Before I had figured out the origin of these pieces I posted one on my Instagram page, like many others before me. Fate made Andrea see it and she message me to tell me it was hers.  We have been in touch ever since. Her work just speaks to me and I wanted to learn more about her.  Luckily I was able to get Andrea to devote some time to an interview.

 

Please tell about your back ground.  Where are you from?  When did you realize you had artistic talent?

My career started in Chicago. I started a branding agency that specialized in law firm marketing. I had international clients and some of Chicago’s largest clients. I was a boss and rocking it but suddenly my mother passed away unexpectedly. At the same time I had a new born and my four year old daughter was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. It was too much to manage at once. I had to take a break. So my husband took a job in his hometown and we moved to rural Indiana. I stayed home to take care of my kids but always had a drive for my career. I tried to find work in Indiana but there weren’t jobs for a creative boss woman like me. I invested in a property and started the first cowork space in Indiana and also launched a social media company that competed against the small town newspapers. I realized I was a city girl and I wanted a job with a pay check, so my family and I moved to NYC five years ago. I applied to over 1000 digital marketing jobs after moving to NYC and it was stressful. I was drawing in my journal and sharing my sketches on social media. Friends starting buying my art and it felt right. I came out as an artist in 2015. I was terrified to admit to people that I was an artist. My lip would quiver when people asked me what I did. I remember being really afraid to tell my family too. But I had to live in my truth.

 

Any childhood memories involving art you want to share?

I can remember being young and being nervous and bored at holiday family gatherings. My dad would give me those big felt coloring posters and I’d get lost in the colors and textures.

 

Who was your female role model growing up?

I didn’t realize it but my mom and her life continue to guide me. She was a single mom who struggled with many of the issues I struggle with today. She was a beautiful woman who was also a dental hygienist. We had to move a lot growing up because she would work for a dentist who was probably sexually harassing her. I don’t know the details. I just know many of her bosses were married and they’d also date my mom on the side. She dealt with a lot of job turnover because of it. I’m not ashamed to share this. It is who she was and the challenges a professional woman faced in the 70s. I’ve faced a lot of this type of sexual conflict as a professional woman too. It has been super challenging for me to be a normal vanilla mom.  

It’s taken me to be an artist to be able to be brave enough to speak and live my truth. I’m accepting I am weird. I think it takes weird to change the world and make it better for women to live their truth. It gives me hope to know how strong and sexy and tenacious my mom was throughout her career.  

 


What inspires you?

My daughters, I live for them and want to be a legacy of strength and truth for them. I do not want them to live in shame for being a strong, creative women in this world.

 

I have personally seen your work on two continents.  Where was the most exciting place you have ever had your art appear?

There is one little sticker in the ladies room at the immigration office. It’s been there for 3 years. I didn’t even put it there, a member of the #PussyPowerPosse placed it there apparently. It has been posted on Instagram two times by women who were in need of a message of empowerment right at the time they saw it. This is what inspires me and gives me hope in my purpose. I feel so blessed to have a career as an artist who empowers women all over the world. I knew when my Pussy Power art debuted at a show at the Museum of Sex and there was a line of people taking selfies with it that the world was craving it. I’m honored to have the opportunity to be the ambassador. 

 

Andrea's art is available at www.Stickypop.NYC

You can follow her on IG @andreacook and if you are in the NYC area Andrea is having a show this week! Con Artist All Stars located at 198 Allen St.(LES) through August 12th.

 

Have you seen Andrea's work?  Leave a comment and tell us where!


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Pictured above: Andrea Cook

2 comments

  • I’ve seen in New York too. So glad I figured out their story!

    LipstickQueen
  • I saw some stickers in Brooklyn!

    Carol

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