Yvette Cohen
I draw and I paint but I think sculpturally.
I work with unconventional perspective
to expand the perception of space
beyond the tangible wall. Paintings
are 2-D and mount flat on the wall.
Often grouped in diptychs, triptychs,
or more, the surrounding space is
activated and the entire wall becomes
the canvas. Shapes are canvas under
wooden dowels, or simply canvas pieces.
Pieces seemingly fluctuate between
flatness and volume, and appear to float
in space. Drawings, also about volume
and space, zoom in to focus on subtle
intimate details.

So many influences inhabit me: the strong
defiantly simple shapes and colors of
Ellsworth Kelly, the serenity and
monumentality of Constantin Brancusi,
the spontaneity and deeply felt intuition
of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

I strive to work beyond the boundaries of
what is familiar. I work with the tension
between geometric and organic, volume
and flat. This tension, like life, is full of
contradictions. In this world of
contradictions, I strive to find a balance.