Jennifer Paige Cohen: Open Studio at the Locker Plant
Jennifer Paige Cohen, Chinati Foundation’s artist in residence for the months of June and July, will share her work with the community at an open studio on Friday, July 24 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Locker Plant in downtown Marfa. 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.”
Cohen has her MFA from Yale University, and completed under-graduate studies at Bates College. She lives and works in New York.