Libby Coy is a Los Angeles native who received a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California in 2013. Her work is deeply focused on the human form and the primitive nature of love from the female perspective.
Libby is heavily influenced by Freudian ideology and the notion that humans are animals who have the unique ability to separate themselves from their own mortality. Libby chooses to paint humans in their most primal states to uncover the biological nature of love and how it is carried out in humans.
The subjects in her work, many of whom are sex workers, are people she knows and has sit for her in her studio in Echo Park. This direct human contact is a crucial part of Libby's narrative.
Libby's work glorifies sex workers and their erotic natures. Her work questions the stigma associated with sex work, showing the viewer that sexuality is a central force that we all have in common at the root of our nature as human beings.
She uses a drip style to purposely blur details in erotic scenes in order to encourage the viewer to focus on the feeling of the scene rather than the small details that might cause one to identify the subjects in the work. Her work is erotic, but never fully graphic, due to this abstract style.