“Place and my location within it have always led to points of discovery within my work. My recent work continues to explore my experiences in the world through color, line and shape. Recently I have spent time in the Arizona high desert on the border of Mexico at an artist residency and in Northern California where I live. My new pieces are attentive to these landscapes, whether I am observing a road turn into a river during a monsoon in Arizona, or what water looks like at the edge of the shore at dusk. I look for an interesting kind of beauty in these moments. Then, I layer them upon one another, taking fragments of color from here, and bits of line from there, until the shapes tell a new story that becomes a painting.” — Aliza Cohen
Richmond, California-based Aliza Cohen (b. 1980) is a perpetual observer, constantly exploring her surroundings for inspiration. Aliza's painting practice began through depicting realistic portrayals of the suburban landscapes as observed from her studio. Eventually her work progressed into sprawling abstract compositions that capture not only the visual verisimilitude of place but its emotional and intangible qualities as well. This specificity has become paramount to Aliza, as she has crafted a visual language of repetitive shapes and symbols that depict her relationship to the world around her.
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