Music, gender, consciousness and memory are entangled with my artwork. I’m also fascinated by paradoxes and dualities like space/time or idiot/savant. You might find me trying to turn a circle inside out, pawing at a flickering chaos/control of deadly hysterical frightening beautiful manic (ir)rationality. Specifically comic to me is the desire to visually ‘fix’ the un-fixed… the Human Condition I suppose. Language and music are usually present in some part of my process and personal memory is unavoidable, sometimes coalescing into hybrids of film noir characters, mythical archetypes, cartoon idiots, people I’ve known (or not), merciless earworms. Following my experience as a musician and performer, much of my work is editing, restraining the temptation to say everything at once, and laughing at the certainty of derailment. What interests me most is often invisible.
Sandra Cohen studied fine art at Parsons School of Design, the SMFA, and the Art Institute of Boston. A Massachussets Cultural Council Painting Fellowship recipient (2008) and a (lapsed) member of the Copley Society of Art, she has also been a singer, guitarist, and drummer.
Painting Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council, 2008
Lesley University, Cambridge, MA (BS Studio Art, Art History)
Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA (Printmaking, Drawing)
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (Painting, Printmaking)
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY (Studio Art)
Ipswich Cultural Council online
A Band called Bete Noir, (Solo), National Boston, Brookline MA
Chroma, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA; Lynda Schlosberg, Curator CAA 14th National Prize Show, University Place Gallery, Cambridge, MA; Michael Rush, Juror
Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, MA National Boston, Brookline, MA
CAA 11th National Prize Show, University Place Gallery, Cambridge, MA; Clara Kim, juror
Massachusetts Cultural Council: Painting Fellows 2008, Concord Art Association, Concord MA
RED, (National Juried) CAA University Place Gallery, Cambridge, MA; Calr Belz, Juror Strata, MKL Gallery, Somerville MA