Picasso said that art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Wendy Cohen's art is about the metamorphosis of the everyday environment into a magical, playful, spontaneous, and vibrant genre that is communicated in an abstracted language.
Wendy Cohen is a Sydney-based artist whose practice focuses on the relationship of colours, shapes, lines, and forms with the relationship of natural and urban environments. Her aim is to highlight the interconnection of life by the integration of various shapes into a cohesive body of forms in conjunction with recycled or interesting collage elements. As a result of the dichotomy of forms, flowing ideas are spontaneously manifested that bring attention to the brushstrokes, mark-making, and materiality on the surface of each painting. The primary focus is to bring back to life the static space of canvases with variations of colour showing casing its chemistry and resonance. Observation, intuition and imagination are key to her process as she responds to the wonderment of the world. She welcomes the viewer to participate in the musical mystery of her work that she creatively translates onto the canvas with a rhythm and beat.
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