Painting is, for me, a visual/poetic language: a necessary alternative form of communication.
Throughout human history mark-making with pigment has had the power to speak to certain fundamental truths where words have failed us.
In the 21st Century we, as humans, live with these raw/harsh realities of everyday life: technological acceleration, endless wars, loss of humanity, extinction, massive greed and the unparalleled destruction of nature.
In spite of these horrors, the enduring beauty of life persists.
A love of materials and the spirit of the present moment guide the work as I follow a painting from the first quick stroke through subsequent transformations. My job is to respond to the marks; raw impulse, bold lines, veiled form and layers bind in unforeseen union.
Themes emerge: light/ dark motion/ stillness chaos/ calm
As a rule, I seek simplicity. A state of resolution arrived at through the act of painting itself.
I continue to draw and paint ...... and in the best work I am completely surprised by the images which appear before me.
- zoe cohen