“I aim to create a whimsical, vibrant genre that brings to life the shapes, lines, and forms of interaction in urban and natural environments” – Wendy Cohen.
WAS THERE A PIVOTAL MOMENT WHEN YOU DECIDED TO FOLLOW YOUR PATH AS AN ARTIST?
Art is my passion, mainly influenced by famous Master Artists, their techniques, and art history. Being an artist sets my spirit free to stimulate my imagination and intuition, enabling me to be playful and spontaneous but, most importantly, enhancing my curiosity and wonderment and bringing joy and love into the world.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK FOR US?
My art practice depicts energy and movement that rotates with an interplay of various shapes, tones of color, and reflective light. In my practice, I focus on reinstating elements of recycled materials. Still, the central theme in my works is the relationship and connection of shapes, colors, and forms depicted in urban and natural environments.
WHAT DOES YOUR WORK AIM TO SAY?
Painting is my medium of expression that communicates the ebb and flow of the creative process to inspire and open new windows of innovation and invention. The colors, shapes, lines, and forms connect at the heart and soul of creativity. So my message in my paintings is that all of life is revered. I aim to bring joy, positivity, and connection and welcome the viewer to participate in the mystery translated onto the canvas with a syncopated rhythm and beat.
HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR WORK FITS WITHIN SOCIETY IN OUR PRESENT TIME?
My work fits into contemporary times as I recycle found materials, reinvent discarded items, and don’t use any toxic materials that are harmful to the environment. As a result, I focus on a greener planet so that my works being environmentally friendly, fit with the genre of present times.
WHEN LOOKING BACK, WHAT ARTWORKS COME TO MIND THAT MOST RELATE TO YOUR LIFE STORY?
The works of William Kentridge, born in South Africa as I was, speak to my life story of growing up under political tension.
WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?
My biggest influences are kind, sharing, and loving people who have transformed their prejudicial stories and dramas.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
A sense of exploration and discovery characterizes my artworks as I embrace risk-taking and experimentation. My approach to painting is always spontaneous and impulsive with no devised plan, so I paint layer upon layer until the context feels resolved and the mystery of the aesthetic is depicted.
“Alchemy of Ripple Effects” by Wendy Cohen.
WHAT VISUAL REFERENCES DO YOU DRAW UPON IN YOUR WORK?
I draw on the works of Hans Hoffman, Amy Sillman, Mary Heilmann, and Abstract American expressionism—also, travel, cultural diversity, and photographing exciting landscapes.
ANY UPCOMING PROJECTS?
New York Art Expo, The Other Art Fair, Art San Diego, Basel Biennale.