Art That Provides Faces to The Faceless
Carolyn Cohen’s work consists of batiks that have then been hand painted and hand embroidered. The processes are layered together in the same way that the colors are layered, making it difficult to see where one stops and the next begins.
The subject matter of Cohen’s work is the brutalization of women, children, and LGBTQ individuals through the world. They provide faces to those who are faceless, nameless and powerless, and comment upon the blind eye that is turned to those who are suffering.
Carolyn Cohen, Lost Boy, hand embroidered batik, 16″ x 22″.
The beauty that the process bring to the images creates a tension with the savagery of the subject matter; in admiring the works, the viewer becomes almost complicit in the abuse.
A native of Rochester, NY, Cohen has lived in the Philadelphia area for almost 30 years. She received a BA from Kenyon College and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Carolyn Cohen, Figure in Orange, hand embroidered batik, 28″ x 16″.
Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and public spaces across the United States, including the Carnegie Library in Braddock, PA; Wichita Center for the the Arts in Wichita Kansas, and Muse Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
She has won awards from Manhattan Arts International and has exhibited in its exhibition “Hot Topics – Bold Expressions”.
Banner: Lost Child, hand embroidered batik, 16″ x 22″.
Visit Carolyn Cohen’s website at www.carolyncohenart.com