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2012 November Exhibition: D’s Nails by DECOY

DECOY Giving a Manicure

D’s Nails by DECOY
November 3 – 25, 2012

DC street artist DECOY transformed The Fridge into a fully-fledged nail salon. The walls were filled with 6 – 8 ft. portraits created out of wood depicting pivotal people and symbols from DECOY’s life. The artist said, “Each piece I’m creating relates to a person who has transformed by making the choice for a major life change. This show is about deciding to make a change and going for it, no matter what that means. I bit my nails for 25 years, and I thought I would never be able to have funky or cool nails. One day I decided, I can do this. The confidence that came from this decision began to spread to other parts of my life.” The artist also created takeaways such as hoodies, t-shirts, bows and stickers.

The exhibit featured interactive art projects in keeping with DECOY’s playful and relatable attitude toward the creation of her work. During the opening reception, visitors were invited to create art on the exterior of the building using paint from over-sized nail polish bottles. Throughout the month, DECOY created custom, artist-created manicures for clients.

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Alicia “DECOY” Cosnahan is a Washington, DC-based artist who hails from Brussels, Belgium and spent most of her childhood in Europe. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Berry College in Rome, GA in 2001 and studied at Studio Arts Centers International and Fuji Studios both of Florence, Italy. DECOY plays an active role in art education for underserved communities in DC, including her job as Director of the Perry School Arts Program and as a teacher for the public art non-profit Albus Cavus. She has shown at Art Whino, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Katzen Arts Center and others.

D’s Nails will be DECOY’s third exhibition at The Fridge. See her site at for more about the artist.