barbara cohen

barbara cohen


metal, mixed media


Barbara’s formal artistic biography began in 1973 at Sheridan College School of Design in Ontario where she majored in textiles.  For the next 18 years, she created three dimensional fibre pieces. The transition from sculptural textiles to body ornament was a logical development which represents a distillation of artistic focus.

artist statement

Upon seeing my collection of fossil pendants a fellow artist called me an ‘organic perfectionist’. So well put to describe one of the many contradictions of my life. Whether with intent or not, one’s art is autobiographical expression.

The materials I find and am drawn to are most often the inspiration for my creations. Using them out of context is a consistent aspect of my work giving them an ambiguity that draws the viewer’s attention, questions preconceived notions of value and suggests new meaning.