Coco Wolfgang

Visual artist, maker, and sewist

By day I’m a faculty member in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, USA. I’ve been a maker (mostly photography and printmaking) my whole life and an arts educator for 19 years. I live in Richmond with my wife, Erin the Librarian, and our two dogs Wallace Luckdragon (Wally) and Lucinda Raelene (Luray).
I sew most of my own clothes. My personal style is simple: never met a pair of soft pants I didn’t like. Boxy tops are my jam. Dresses over pants has been my signature look since I was a teenager.

What influence does music have in your life as a creative?:

I’ve been loving and playing music since I was a child, so making things with my hands to a soundtrack has always been a part of my creative practice. Like many folx, my music interests are deeply influenced by my childhood and formative experiences. I’ve spent most of my life in the deep south of the USA. I love old country (particularly Dolly, Emmylou, Loretta, and Willie), folk and Americana. I love Tom Petty. I love 90’s indie college radio. I love New Wave. I love queer womxn singer/songwriters. I unironically love hair metal from the 70s and 80s. My father instilled in me an abiding love for ABBA, Fleetwood Mac, and the Beach Boys. I dunno. I’m all over the place. But it works. Our only remaining tape deck is in my studio, which we affectionately refer to as #cassettedeckstudio, along with what’s left of my tape collection. It’s a weird mix of 90’s alternative and bluegrass and metal. Makes for interesting work…

Tell us about your playlist:

This is a pretty good snapshot of what my life is like right now: A little bit hopeful. I little bit of teen-era angst. Lots of things you can sing along to.

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  1. For the Damaged – Blonde Redhead
  2. We Go High – Mavis Staples
  3. Fireworks – First Aid Kit
  4. Fidgeting Wildly – Centro-matic
  5. Everything Is Free – Gillian Welch
  6. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers) – 2016 Remaster – Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  7. Living In Sin – Bon Jovi
  8. I’m Waiting For The Day – Remastered – The Beach Boys
  9. Fernando – ABBA
  10. Your Best American Girl – Mitski
  11. Age of Consent – 2015 Remaster – New Order
  12. Wildflowers – 2015 Remaster – Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris
  13. Touch Me Fall – Indigo Girls
  14. Blue Letter – 2017 Remaster – Fleetwood Mac
  15. The Rainbow Connection – Willie Nelson
  16. I Lost It – Lucinda Williams
  17. Cover Me Up – Jason Isbell
  18. A Case of You – Joni Mitchell
  19. Oregon Hill – Cowboy Junkies
  20. Gravity’s Gone – Drive-By Truckers
  21. And I Was a Boy From School – Tears For Fears
  22. Wrecking Ball – Emmylou Harris
  23. Traveling Alone – Tift Merritt
  24. Just Like Honey – The Jesus and Mary Chain
  25. The Story – Brandi Carlile
  26. Panama – Van Halen
  27. Teen Age Riot (Album Version) – Sonic Youth
  28. Iceblink Luck – Cocteau Twins
  29. Linger – The Cranberries
  30. Baby Can I Hold You – Tracy Chapman
  31. Save Me – Aimee Mann
  32. Not a Pretty Girl – Ani DiFranco
  33. The Emperor’s New Clothes – Sinéad O’Connor
  34. This Woman’s Work – Kate Bush
  35. Drivin’ on 9 – The Breeders
  36. Creep – TLC
  37. Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
  38. Seal My Fate – Belly
  39. For the Damaged Coda – Blonde Redhead