Primordial Cooch 2 by Caroline Paquita
Call Number: Artists' Books N7433.4.P37 P7 2016
Publication Date: 2016
"This is the second book in a body of work, titled, PRIMORDIAL COOCH. It was created and printed while doing a mini-residency/hangout at Extrapool/Knust in Nijmegen, Netherlands, in December 2016. It’s a mini (a single sheet of paper that folds into a book) celebrating feminine/vaginal/fertility representations, throughout time and different cultures. It was birthed from the toxic U.S. political climate of this past election and all the hatred that came spewing from it. While there is much work to be done in the coming years, after the election I needed to tap into some GODDESS/EARTH energies and charge up for the battles to come. To remember where we all have come from, no matter what color our skin is, what nationality we are, or how we identify sexually (only a few of the many ways we are taught to separate ourselves from one another). We all spent months in utero and have a common “home,” a place known as the “COOCH!” Used here as a broad sweeping word for all things feminine + for female reproductive organs, the COOCH used to be considered all powerful and something that people used to celebrate, rather than denigrate. Through my years of doing Risograph printing, I’ve become friends with the folks who are part of Extrapool (a longstanding artist space), who also run Knust Press, a world renown Risograph studio. I was able to work with them and use their A2 machine, which prints a whopping 16.5″ X 23.4,” compared to my machine that prints as large as 8.5″ X 14.” It was a joy to make this limited edition mini with them, which is also double sided—on the reverse side, there is a full size poster as well." Caroline Paquita. Risograph printed at Knust Press, Nijmegen, Netherlands. Fluorescent pink, blue, green, and orange. Folded: 5.75 X 8. Single sheet.