Dead Narcissus by Reilly D. Cox & Brennan Emmett Cox

A Process Note

BEC:  For my process, I explore bus stops, parks, and sidewalks in search of debris left behind by those passing by. I use my collection to create a kind of geographical portrait of human presence and expose the composition into a silkscreen. Each time I print the image, I remove part of the emulsion until the final print is simply black.

RDC:  In response to my brother’s work, I like to draw out the stories that are happening around (or being ignored within) the spaces in which the objects are found. Through these stories, I try to find measurements of joy, change, and loss that occur within instances, short times, or over the course of years and decades.









Reilly D. Cox is a MFA candidate at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. They attended Washington College and the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. They have work available or forthcoming by the Academy of American Poets, Always Crashing, Cigar City Journal, foothill, Cosmonauts Avenue, the Adirondack Review, Rust + Moth, and Iron Horse Literary Review.

Brennan Emmett Cox currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. He investigates abandonment and absence, creating portraits of human presence even where life appears to be absent. This past year, he was accepted into the Headstart Artist Residency in Barcelona where he taught several screen-printing workshops as well as displayed work in Barcelona’s gallery district. He is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he studied both English Literature and Painting. During his senior year of undergraduate studies, he was a member of the University of Maryland’s distinguished honors program in which he and 6 other students exhibited work in the Gateway Arts Center (2015, Brentwood, Maryland) and the Herman Maril Gallery (2016). Since that time, he has held exhibitions and residencies on the East Coast, in Barcelona, and in Lisbon.