Jennifer Paige Cohen
Jennifer Paige Cohen concluded her residency with an open studio at the Locker Plant in July 2015. Cohen makes sculpture from hand formed white plaster (composed of casts from parts of her body or that of a friend) that is combined with brightly patterned, found bits of used clothing. The fragments of textile that line portions of the work, or create bands, edges, blossoms or ropes, play off and highlight the brightness and contours of the abstracted forms.
Cohen studied dance early on. She has written that her work “… is a compression of abstract and figurative allusion, leaving the figurative visible but not always identifiable. There is a focus on the essential shapes that make a gesture, informed by the unconscious gestures we cannot control. I am looking at ways in which our bodies create shapes unconsciously—a pedestrian dance that reacts to everything around us.”
Jennifer Paige Cohen was born in New York and lives and works in the city today. She received her BA from Bates College and her MFA from Yale. Cohen has had several solo exhibitions in New York including, most recently, Feels Like Telepathy at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in 2014, and has participated in group shows in New York, London, Berlin, Athens, and elsewhere.