Renee Cox is one of the most controversial African American artists working today using her own body, both nude and clothed, to celebrate Black womanhood and criticise a society she often views as racist and sexist.
From the very beginning, her work showed a deep concern for social issues and employed disturbing religious imagery. Cox continues to push the envelope with her work by using different technologies that the digital medium of photography has to offer. By working from her archives and shooting new subjects, Cox seeks to push the limits of her older work and create new consciousnesses of the body. Her current work aims to ‘unleash the potential of the ordinary and bring it into a new realm of possibilities.’