Using the decorative as a defense mechanism, Rachel Gisela's work reflects on beauty, surface and the excess of contemporary culture, dancing between the natural and material world. She establishes a kind of dressing room for each piece, attempting to discover what dialogue her work is innately speaking into. Cohen stretches fabric and textiles over canvas, cutting and tearing holes to expose the painting’s multiple layers and interior. The holes or chasms may allude to a rift in the earth, a garment struggling to cover the body, or a web of growing bacteria.
Rachel Gisela Cohen is an artist, independent curator, and educator living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA in painting and drawing from Pratt Institute and her BA in Art History and Studio Art from Drew University. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, the Montclair Art Museum and the Tyler School of Art. She has exhibited works both nationally and internationally, exhibiting work at Pierogi Gallery’s The Boiler, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Hunter College Art Galleries and the Armenian Art Fair.
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