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Self-Evidence
by Kristen Accola, Exhibition Curator
Gallery 31, 2004


Nancy Cohen makes wheels of glass to carry cement. In her sculpture opposites are interdependent. Fragility assumes resilience; thin behaves as if dense, the inflexible drapes. Metal floats like spider webs and thread makes a hammock. The inorganic is also organic so the impact is visceral and familiar but never specific. Bombs, seedpods or organs, it does not matter because they are felt more than read. Cohen's is a physical language that embodies deeply experienced responses to our uncertain and unpredictable world: the vulnerability or skin which holds us together, transportation-necessary but dangerous, the vital organs we cannot look at, the compromised planet we count on to be stable.