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Rin Coppola

Rin Cola, also know by her government name, (A)Rin Coppola, is an analog film revivalist & printmaker from Bumblefuck New England USA. From Redneckville, she ran as fast as she could to New York City to pursue her dream... a BFA from that school on the TV, Parsons the New School for Design. She curiously applied with a painting portfolio and didn't see the very quick lesson she was about to learn in that big apple... she hated to sew! While using her new found adapting skills that will become useful later in this story, she applied to a build-your-own major called Integrated Design, where she could use every medium without judgement. She graduated in 2016 and lived happily ever after working as a teaching artist with New York's finest young creatives at Studio in a School. She thought she would live and die in New York City...

Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

Print (MA)

And I really did... did think I was going to live and die there, happily.

Everyone says people who lived in NYC won't shut the fuck up about it, and it's true. Have you been there? It never leaves you, especially the dim orange lights illuminating you on your walk home from your shitty job to your even shittier apartment. It felt so dejected, and yet, I was home, finally! I was home. Well, if you caught my drift earlier, I didn't die there. But, my mom did tell me she had a tumor over a bowl of Ramen in the Lower East Side, under the same dim orange lights I had grown to trust.

The next four years were dedicated to grief. As a new orphan, I landed in any other city that would have me in the search for "home." Prague was the most notable, and London probably the least. Sorry, how could I not love a city who's only pickup line was, "you fat, ugly, American cunt!"

The DSM-5 acknowledges six (6?) months as the appropriate timeframe for grief. I saw sadness as my only relatability through art making, and yet again, I ran with it. My self discovery had been co-opted by loss, officially. It's documented.

I can't tell you what helped me see without the coffin-tinted glasses occasionally, but I am in a place where I can make art about my community and not just autobiography. I can focus on the stories I actually want to tell, ones of womanhood, and queerhood, hyperbole, realism...all in analog film. The whole process, from start to finish. I am home again. Maybe using analog is my lil way of never letting go of the past...


xoxo Rin Cola



Glew! on Wall — Glew! alternative color, Lithograph on wall, 66x73 cm
Glew! — Duotone Lithograph on Paper, 66x73 cm
Snack — Duotone Lithograph on Paper, 50x63 cm
Snack (Pink Version) — Duotone Lithograph on Paper, 50x63 cm
Ghost — Mother's hospital gowns, Inverted Lithograph on Black Paper, 76x112 cm, https://www.void-collective.com/exhibitions/the-new-black
Ghost (2) — Mother's hospital gowns, Inverted Lithograph on Black Paper, 76x112 cm

Medium:

Lithographic Prints
Mike's Own I Love You Rib Eye Steak $28.63 — black & white photographic print-matte, Camera: Chinon CS 35mm, Film: Ilford 400, 60x60 cm
Mike's Own I Love You Rib Eye Steak $28.63 (2) — black & white photographic print-matte, Camera: Chinon CS 35mm, Film: Ilford 400, 20x60 cm
Lead Colored World — photographic collage-matte, Camera: Holga 120mm, Film: Ilford 400, 60x60 cm
Lead Colored World (2) — black & white photographic print-matte, Camera: Holga 120mm, Film: Ilford 400, 60x60 cm
Valentine — photographic collage-matte, Camera: Holga 120, Film: Ilford 400, 60x60 cm
Brat — black & white photographic print-matte, Camera: Holga 120mm, Film: Ilford 400, 60x60 cm
Capricorn — photographic print-matte, Camera: Kodak M35mm, Film: Fomapan 400, 50x50 cm
Capricorn (2) — photographic print-matte, Camera: Kodak M35mm, Film: Fomapan 400, 50x60 cm

an experiment in aromance.

Medium:

Experimental Photography
Film Still — Girl Show-A Performance written & directed by Maddie Peterson, filmed & documented by Rin Cola.
Mushy Peas — black & white photographic print-glossy, Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 400, 60x50 cm
Snack — black & white photographic print-glossy, Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 400, 50x60 cm
Lunch — black & white photographic print-glossy, Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 400, 50x60 cm
Drunk In Love — black & white photographic print-glossy, Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 400, 50x60 cm
Drunk In Love (2) — black & white photographic print-glossy, Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 400, 50x60 cm
The End — black & white photographic print-glossy, Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 400, 50x60 cm
The End (2) — black & white photographic print-glossy, Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 400, 50x60 cm

In collaboration with artist and circus-enthused Maddie Peterson, Hellmouth is our interpretation of Susan Meiselas' Carnival Strippers. We document Kandy (played by Maddie) on her shift at the Electric Arcade, while unpacking my friend's psychologically intimate relationship with the Fair.

Medium:

Photographic Prints

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Film Still — Girl Show-A performance written & directed by Maddie Peterson, filmed & documented by Rin Cola.
Tattooed — black & white photographic print-glossy, Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 400, 60x50 cm
Tattooed (2) — black & white photographic print-glossy, Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 400, 50x60 cm
Tattooed (3) — black & white photographic print-glossy, Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 400, 50x50 cm
Tattooed (4) — black & white photographic print-glossy, Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 400, 50x50 cm
Film Still — Girl Show-A performance written & directed by Maddie Peterson, filmed & documented by Rin Cola.
POP! — black & white photographic print-matte, Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 200, 50x60 cm
POP! (2) — black & white photographic print-matte, Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 200, 50x60 cm
Film Still — Girl Show-A performance written & directed by Maddie Peterson, filmed & documented by Rin Cola.
Space Cowgirl VS. Lobster — black & white photographic print-matte, Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 200, 50x60 cm
Film Still — Girl Show-A performance written & directed by Maddie Peterson, filmed & documented by Rin Cola.

A continuation of the collaboration between Maddie Peterson and I. Here, Maddie gets method as she embraces other freak show motifs.

Medium:

Photographic Prints & Short Film
Glew! — Drag queen Glew outside her workplace, Revenge Brighton. black & white photographic print-matte Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 400 60x60 cm
Queens Walking — Drag queen Glew & Friends, Brighton. black & white photographic print-matte Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 400 60x60 cm
Stefani Duvet — Drag Queen Stefani Duvet at her workplace, Manny's Place, Lisbon. black & white photographic print-matte Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 400 60x60 cm
Stefani (2) — Drag Queen Stefani Duvet talking with fan at Manny's Place, Lisbon. black & white photographic print-matte Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 400 60x60 cm
Stefani (3) — Drag Queen Stefani Duvet getting ready at Manny's Place, Lisbon. black & white photographic print-matte Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 400 60x60 cm
Chloe Di Fendi — Drag queen Chloe Di Fendi at her workplace, Manny's Place, Lisbon. black & white photographic print-matte Camera: Kodak M35 35mm, Film: Fomapan 400 60x60 cm
Cabana Love — Drag queen Cabana Love at home. black & white photographic print-matte Camera: Holga 120mm, Film: Ilford 400 20x60 cm
Cabana Love (2) — Drag queen Cabana Love at home. black & white photographic print-matte Camera: Holga 120mm, Film: Ilford 400 30x60cm

With the rapid rising and falling of drag popularity throughout the decades, we now find ourselves with drag performers achieving rockstardom. The Queen(s) heightens local queens to the same level as the reality TV stars, but with wistful realism.

Medium:

Photographic Prints

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Good Grief! The Distinction Dissertation — "Take my advice and don’t give your therapist a soliloquy comparing yourself to Frankenstein’s monster..." -Good Grief! by Rin Coppola
(7 Days w a) PMA — Join protagonist Rin Cola in one uncharacteristic week of mental healthiness, whilst navigating the toxic positivity of a hypocritical society. Check out how she goes head-to-head with reality TV, queer womanhood, powerful institutions, and the Millennial / Generation Z cusp.

Medium:

Writing