Amy Cohen (L), Cynthia Swanson (R)
Amy Cohen's work which consists mostly of watercolor on paper, oil on panel and embroideries explore the mystery and beauty of reflected light, diurnal and nocturnal cycles, celestial geometry, spiritual connotations of light and the subtleties of visual perception. Ashen light, a term originating in astronomy, refers to the reflected light from the earth that illuminates the dark side of the moon, bathing it in a soft faint light. The term ashen light, Cohen explains, is also used to refer to the faint glow occasionally observed on the dark side of Venus, a mysterious visual phenomenon that is not yet completely understood. The geometric forms in Cohen's paintings seem to emerge from a misty blanket of subtle light, recalling the work of Agnes Martin whose minimalist use of neutral colors complement forms that have been reduced to mere impressions of geometric shapes. Similarly, Cohen's interpretations of ashen light poetically embrace the mysterious and ethereal phenomenon while simultaneously sifts through the gentle cyclical motions of light and the geometries of celestial forms.
Cohen received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and has also studied at the Massachusetts College of Art, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and the State University of New York. Currently, Cohen is an art instructor at The Gordon School in East Providence and the Director of the Summit Avenue School of Art in Providence. She has twice sat as a Fellowship Juror for the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and has exhibited widely in New England and across the US including solo shows at Providence's Sol Koffler Gallery and at AS220 where she lived as an artist-in-residence for ten years.