Branden Koch was born in Cleveland, Ohio and currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and 6 year old son. He earned an MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Fine Arts at Bard College; and a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art. His emotive and humorous work melds oblique narrative with the autobiographical and the history of painting, weaving a peculiar state of introspective looking that sites the sociopolitical, the transcendent, and doubt. Branden has shown his work with a variety of galleries in New York City including solo exhibitions at: SOLOWAY Fine Arts (2017), Regina Rex (2017), and Helper Projects (2017). National solo exhibition venues include: Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2009); High Energy Constructs, LA, CA (2008, 2007); The Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM (2008); Rowland Contemporary, Chicago, IL (2007). Branden regularly publishes political satire in Hyperallergic Magazine: “Drawing in a Time of Fear & Lies.” THIS IMAGE IS A UNIQUE VARIATION OF MY ORIGINAL 30"X22" GOUACHE ON PAPER PAINTING FROM EARLIER THIS YEAR, WHICH HAS FOUND ITS WAY INTO A PRIVATE COLLECTION. ITS INSPIRATION STEMS FROM TWISTING COMPLICATED CULTURAL SYMBOLISM SUCH AS THE HAND-KNIT PUSSY HAT, VAGINA DENTATA FOLKLORE, RENE MAGRITTE'S PAINTING OF THE SAME TITLE FROM 1942, AND SEVERAL CURRENT SOCIAL POLITICAL CONDITIONS ON THIS PLANET WE CALL HOME. THIS SILKSCREEN PRINT WAS MADE VIA A SEVEN COLOR/SEVEN SCREEN ANALOG PROCESS IN WHICH EACH COLOR LAYER WAS HAND DRAWN ON TRANSPARENCY FILM WITH GREASE PENCIL AND OPAQUE WATERCOLOR, THEN BURNED ONTO SUBSEQUENT SCREENS AS WE PRINTED. IT WAS A PLEASURE TO MAKE, AND A PROCESS SURPRISINGLY IN-TUNE WITH MY CURRENT STUDIO PRACTICE. THERE WERE NO PHOTOSHOP MANIPULATIONS OR DIGITAL COLOR SEPARATIONS WHATSOEVER. RATHER, EACH LAYER WAS AN INTUITIVE AND HAND-DRAWN ADDITION TO THE FORMER, BEGINNING WITH THE BRIGHT YELLOW BACKGROUND AND BUILDING UPON THE IMAGE ADDITIVELY LAYER BY LAYER, COLOR BY COLOR. SPECIFIC PANTONE COLORS WERE CHOSEN AND HAND MIXED TO THE ARTIST'S AND PRINTMAKER'S PREFERENCE CONSIDERING INK OPACITY AND VARIATIONS OF TONALITY AND HUE. MUCH WAS LEFT UP TO HUNCH AND CHANCE REGARDING HOW THE COLORS WOULD INTERACT, THE RESULTS ARE SPECTACULARLY VIBRATING AND OPTICAL.