Joan Cox’s paintings validate the presence of dynamic, complex, sensual, sexual and loving relationships between women—making them less taboo. Her work invites viewers to see intimate relationships between two women, acknowledging and emphasizing the female gaze. Cox’s collection of work highlights and references narrative portraits of lesbian relationships and their lack of presence in Western art history despite increased visibility and accessibility in the 21st century. Her portraits, rendered both in magical realism and abstraction, offer archetypes of women as domestic lovers sometimes placed in the context of famous artworks.