Many of Paula Hocks’ book works deal with architecture and a sense of place. After demolition in the 1960s, columns from the old New Mexico state capitol building were scattered about the city. Text for this book was inspired by the artist’s discovery of two columns found, out of context, on Baca Street.
The Cocteau Chair
Paula’s love of architecture extended to what she called her mania for chairs. In the mid 1980s in Santa Fe, this found modernist chair became Paula’s Cocteau Chair, and the focus of a series of photographs of Santa Fe personalities.
Friends, aritists, writers —their images were all captured while sitting in the Cocteau Chair, which Paula displayed on a platform in her living room. Appropriately, the only exhibition of these photographs appeared along the walls of Santa Fe’s art cinema, theCocteau Theatre. Paula produced a chapbook called Mania for Chairs, seen in this picture on the platform.
The Cocteau Chair is in the permanent collection of the Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico.