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The State We’re In

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - May 4 @ 6:00 pm


Solo exhibition at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts:

Nancy Cohen’s unconventional drawings, drawn with paper pulp and fritted glass, find their origin in her move to Jersey City in the 1980s. Along the shore and waterways, the evergreen vegetation thriving amid industrial waste sparked Cohen’s environmental awareness. Waterways, as subject and imagery, draw from personal experience and recur in her work as symbols of nature’s ability to endure adversity. In “The State We’re In,” Cohen pursues the theme of survival, environmentally and personally. Cohen describes her process as “thinking with her hands.” Concerns outside the studio and challenges within are explored through physically pushing the boundaries of paper and glass. The materials serve as collaborators and provocateurs, where fused glass objects or a handmade paper are repurposed as source material and inspiration for later works. Cohen’s choices of materials and processes challenge notions of fragility and resilience. Like fritted glass undergoing transformation in a kiln, Cohen’s work focuses on strength and beauty in the struggle for survival.

Image: Nancy Cohen, Breathing Under Water, 2023 (detail)


March 28 @ 6:00 pm
May 4 @ 6:00 pm
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