I’ve been weaving a lot lately, but so much that my hand is cramped and I have to let it rest for a few days. It’s been a stressful time, and without the ability to make something in the studio, I’ve been needlessly reading up on the riot at Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Since I had already made a drawing of a winged snake in my studio before the riots, I thought it would be a good time to think about my painting process when I approach a canvas.
I’m still listening to Schubert, and still not really able to take in a lot of drama. That’s why my current perfect recording is Die schöne Müllerin, arranged for guitar and tenor. It lets me feel all of the feelings I want, without inducing too much anxiety.
Shir Cohen is a graduate of the BFA Fine Arts Department at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. She has participated in the Aesthetics and Bias Project in collaboration with the Jan Matejko Academy in Krakow, and received a long-term studio residency with the Jerusalem Art Cube Artist Studios. Under the Clore-Bezalel Scholarship, she has graduated the MA Painting course at the Royal College of Art in London (2020). Recent shows include Final Not Over: Open Fields at Unit 1 Gallery (2020), Lion Hunt at Bezalel Fine Arts Department Gallery (2019), and 50/50 at FOLD Gallery (2020). Her work explores contemporary political anxieties through humor and theatricality, using tropes from mythology and ancient history. View all posts by Shir Cohen