Zoë Cohen

I create objects and situations that explore origins, identities, and environments. My practice bridges contemporary concerns with the thousands of years of cultural heritage that are available to us. I work conceptually in a wide range of materials and modalities, producing drawings, sculptures, installations, and public participatory projects. The meaning of materials is important to this work, and I have used substances as varied as fruit juice, breast milk, olive oil, and my own blood. My most recent work draws parallels between ancient symbol systems and biblical mythology with today’s political struggles and belief systems.

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. Public, participatory projects such as Drawing Water, The Listening Station, and Show Someone How You Feel About Something are only complete when in use by participants, whose experiences become the work of art.

The Shul / Church Project is on view at the Abington Art Center through March 24, 2016. Details for the Artist's Talk on March 12, and Closing Reception on March 16, can be found here

My illustrated book The Garden of Time is available here.