ZoŽ Cohen
Kol Tzedek Ark Panels | 2014The Garden of Time | 2009-2012Vision Landscape | 2012Ocean Life | 2012Drawing Water | 2011Wind and Weather | 2010What Was Our Vision | 2009Sacred Origins- An Interfaith Art Project for West Philadelphia | 2009Eyes Like Black Cherries | 2008Show Someone How You Feel About Something | 2007-08Blood and Oil | 2007The Listening Station | 2006-07The Seven Fruits of Israel/Palestine | 2006Sites of Origin | 2005-06Milk Work | 2005-07Self Portraits | 2005
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, Show Someone How You Feel About Something, and the upcoming West Philly Synagogue/Church Listening Project are only complete when in use by participants, whose experiences become the work of art.

My illustrated book The Garden of Time is available here.