Genevieve Cohn

Region: MFA Annual

My paintings walk a line between the real world and one shaped by emotional perceptions. I project possible communities by drawing from both a historical and an imaginative past, present, and future. I am interested in challenging tradition to champion the full humanity and nurturing rationality of successful communities of women. I utilize imagery and ideology from the Women’s Land Army and female separatist groups, as well as inspiration from literature and contemporary culture.

The strange and otherworldly scenes depicted in my paintings are held together by women who navigate, fix, and pull together the landscape that surrounds them. They pull their worlds together with string, and mold mountains with their bare hands. Often their tasks seem uncertain, ambiguous, or even futile, but these women act as anchors in a world that is wrought with uncertainty.