Rebecca S. Cohen

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall
10″x6.125″; newsprint, faux butterfly wings, torn paper; 2019

Rebecca S. Cohen
Placitas, New Mexico, USA


Collage is the medium through which I’ve found my voice as an artist. It provides an avenue for responding to world events as I transform newsprint imagery and mixed media into art. I strive to make each collage painterly in appearance, luring viewers with its beauty before confronting them with intimate and sometimes painful detail. These are the stories of strangers made personal through my retelling. I want the viewer to find his or her place in the narrative as I attempt to offer an antidote to the news of the day in addition to commentary on it.


Rebecca S. Cohen, a graduate of Philadelphia’s Moore College of Art and Design, has explored myriad aspects of the art world. She worked for eight years as founding director of R.S. Levy Gallery and as an art consultant, freelance arts writer and author of Art Guide Texas, published by University of Texas Press. Cohen has exhibited in the East Austin Studio Tour, Placitas Studio Tour, Austin’s Shoal Creek Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design Gallery, the Albuquerque Museum of Art, Lasell College, Newton, Massachusetts and was selected for eligibility in the New Mexico Only Art in Public Places Initiative.


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6″x6″ image on 17″x22″ paper; The New York Times September 11, 2001 issue, cold wax (one of 18-part “journal” made each day during period of intense storms in Houston and around the world); 2017
Behind Bars
22″x30″; newsprint and other papers, acrylic paint; 2018
Human Kaleidoscope
10″x10″; newsprint on wood panel; 2019
10″x8″; paper, fabric, doll arm; 2019