Yvette Cohen
I make art that transforms space.
My work is flat, but I think sculpturally.
I draw and I paint. Drawing is an
adventure as I feel my way around a
sheet of paper. And I paint when there
are shapes and colors I want to
explore. My oil paintings of geometric
masses of color on shaped canvas look
sculptural, but mount flat on the wall.
My drawings and paintings become
objects in their own right, to fluctuate
between flatness and volume, bridging
the divide between sculpture, painting
and drawing. Often grouped in diptychs,
triptychs, or more, the surrounding
space is activated, so that the entire
wall becomes the canvas. Unconventional
perspective seemingly defies gravity
in a boundless space.

Inspired by vast open landscapes,
my work is elastic. Paintings float in
space. Drawings zoom in to focus on
subtle intimate details. I use my
tools…shape, color, line, and
space to connect to the outside world.

I strive to work beyond the boundaries
of the familiar to have the work evolve
naturally. It’s a wabi-sabi thing. Process
is visible. Brushstrokes, and underlying
brushstrokes, reveal themselves. It’s not
perfect. The work keeps on growing.