Maria Cohen


I am exploring sexuality through my own identity. I approach my practice as an experience, a physical and almost performative moment: every piece of art, every artistic gesture, or a manifest is a way to overcome embarrassment to accept vulnerability, weakness, and fragility. Through the practice, I am unfolding my sexual identity with pain, anxiety, and frustrations. I am coming across boundaries and traps which I have been a part of for years because of belonging to Russian and Jewish identity. The process leads me to look fears in the eye, be aware of the voice through anxiety and frustrations, and acknowledge my power, hidden deeper inside the body.

The main objective of my research is to speculate about sexuality through the process, as a permanent process of producing art to express sexual energy as pain, anger, or anxiety. Feminism informs my identity as a woman; the politics of this allows me to be free to explore sexuality in my practice which is in itself the function of legacy.

I am exploring sexuality through my own identity. I approach my practice as an experience, a physical and almost performative moment: every piece of art, every artistic gesture, or a manifest is a way to overcome embarrassment to accept vulnerability, weakness, and fragility. Through the practice, I am unfolding my sexual identity with pain, anxiety, and frustrations. I am coming across boundaries and traps which I have been a part of for years because of belonging to Russian and Jewish identity. The process leads me to look fears in the eye, be aware of the voice through anxiety and frustrations, and acknowledge my power, hidden deeper inside the body. Repetitions and symbolism are saving energy, balancing, and controlling emotional and rational parts of me. The image of a bunny is an alter-ego of me and an ambiguity of human nature. I deform it making it more comprehensive or opposite confusing for reading, like sound or invisible vibration. Within layers, I unfold sexuality and push struggles out of my body with blots, strikes, erasures, and an expressionistic or graffiti vibrant painting. Through the practice, I identify myself as a woman neither only a social role and status and responsibilities as a national, a daughter, or a wife. But also as an artist or a human being who are wish express feelings through any tools and meanings.