Mina Cohen's mixed media exhibit at Partners Gallery in June, entitled "’A’ My Name is Alice” is divided into three series all based on the alphabet. As a child growing up in the 1950s she remembers a ball and alphabet rhyming game played out on the sidewalk.
These days she still plays this game in her head and finds this a distraction from more troubling thoughts. In the first of the three series, the rhymes are intriguing or nonsensical or have a political or social edge.
The second series, inspired by her students’ resonance with Munch’s “The Scream”, is based on an alphabetical list of places associated with our current political climate. A portion of the proceeds from this series will be donated to SPLC, ACLU, or NRDC.
The final series is purely an "arts for art's sake" exploration of the alphabet and the textures, colors and patterns of alphabet blocks.
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Mina Cohen is a painter and art history instructor. The natural environment, family traditions, travel experiences, and the history of art contribute to the themes she explores in her work. She most often works in series that require a good amount of research before the work commences.
She has been a member of Partners Gallery for 16 years and has been teaching Art History and Art Appreciation for almost 20 years at College of the Redwoods and Mendocino College. She teaches online and in the classroom. She has traveled to all the continents except for Antarctica and tries to visit as many of the places she teaches about as possible. Her upcoming travels will take her to Eastern Europe and the Middle East. She has a blog that she shares with her students and others about the art she has seen at "Poetry Without Words".
Mina considers herself a painter though sometimes collage morphs into relief sculpture or includes the use of photographic images. Recently pattern and rhythm have become important elements of the work. While there is narrative content she strives for a degree of mystery that takes the viewers on their own journeys.
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