BONNIE COHEN’S ART SELECTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY MOSAIC ART
The Society of American Mosaic Art (SAMA) has selected the work of artist Bonnie Cohen, of Akron Ohio to be included in the 2019 Mosaic Arts International Exhibition. This competitive annual exhibition features innovative design and masterful technique as explored by some of the best international artists working in the medium. The Architectural & Site-Specific segment will feature artwork of 19 artists from the United States, Canada, Australia, and Brazil representing the best in contemporary architectural and in situ mosaics. Juror, Kim Emerson (Founder of the San Diego Mosaic School) selected the finalists whose work will be represented at the Nashville Public Library Art Gallery through print, video and digital images. Materials on display will include drawings, sketchbooks, videos and material samples that will provide visitors a unique perspective into the process of creating a large-scale mosaic work.
“SEE THE DIFFERENCE, BE THE DIFFERENCE”
by BONNIE COHEN
From the blackest edges of outer space, to our own personal space, circles symbolize our universe, our communities, our friendships, and our families. Circles evoke the vibration of soundwaves, concentric rings of rippling water, and embracing arms. Circles record precise scientific data magnified through the circular lens of a microscope.
The colorful glass line traverses the entire wall and wraps around each corner, anchoring the artwork and drawing the eye into the central circles. The darker outer circles lighten towards the center and are interspersed with intricately detailed smaller circles suggesting both our commonality and our diversity.
The timeless medium of mosaic art is a metaphor for our communities. Every single piece is enhanced by its relationship to the pieces around it. And each individual piece is an integral part of the big picture.
The predominately white palette of handmade tiles and luminous recycled glass create a calming environment changing with the natural light throughout the day. Discovering the intricate details, textures, and inspiring quotations imbedded in the handmade tiles help reinforce the seven dimensions of wellness-the focus of the College of Health and Human Service’s curriculum.
“See the Difference, Be the Difference”
by Bonnie Cohen
Funded through Ohio Percent for Art Program
Bowling Green State University