Graduate Lecture Series: Jeane Cohen


Tuesday, October 31, 12:15 p.m.
Columbus Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr., room 319

Jeane Cohen hails to the SAIC Painting and Drawing MFA program from the rural regions of New England. Lately she has been thinking of her work as something akin to the deliberate forethought and unwieldy emergence of a garden. Likely there is a festering compost heap that includes remnants of plastic from the poorly sorted waste stream. Slow growing seeds have been planted behind the scenes while robust weeds enthusiastically suffocate the logic of the garden plots. Flowers are picked and vegetables harvested so that the weeds can extend seamlessly into the forest. I grow my garden but the forest grows me, and in it, I am lost. The senses are heightened and disoriented as I search for a path, or familiar terrain. The orchestration of the garden emerges as a macrocosm and I observe, in both of these spaces, a continual congealing and dissolving of recognizable forms.