Zoë Cohen

I create images, installations, and situations that explore origins, identities, and environments. My research-based practice bridges contemporary concerns with inquiry into a wide range of visual and cultural heritage. I work conceptually in a wide range of materials and modalities, producing drawings, sculptures, installations, and public participatory projects. The meaning of materials has been important to much of my work, and I have used substances as varied as fruit juice, breast milk, olive oil, and my own blood.
My work draws parallels between ancient symbol systems and religious experience with contemporary political struggles, belief systems, and social constructs. I am also committed to the project of convincing every human being that they contain the creative power to transform the world, and that their visions and stories are significant. This requires offering direct experience in every-day situations. My public & participatory projects are only complete when in use by participants, whose experiences become the work of art.