Daughter of the Rising Tide, 2019.
About the Artwork
“As both sculptor and immigrant, driftwood holds an enormous appeal to me. Trees grow somewhere, then break off or are uprooted and end up worn and changed by their voyage in a new location. I collected driftwood from along the Hudson river banks and a Catskills reservoir. The wood was first thoroughly dried, and then sealed to be preserved but still let the individual wood grain show through. “I am fascinated by growth-forms, root systems of plants, movements of microscopic organisms, wind movements on water, seedpods and animal architecture. In those I see a sensitive chaos that contains and propels the origins and energies of life.My sculpture, drawings and paintings capture fleeting moments in this organic world dominated by chaos and change. The energy that natural forms temporarily contain yet inevitably transform particularly inspires me. The found, often organic materials I use in my biomorphic sculpture (driftwood, bone, felt, stone, earth, mica), and the impasto surfaces of my landscape-inspired paintings embody this tension, suggesting both movement and enclosure. Evoking the mystery and power of nature through intensely materialist and tactile forms and imagery, they explore the porous boundary between what is seen and felt, where perception and experience merge. I want to create a mesmerizing effect of movement, something that looks familiar, but that you cannot exactly place. Every inch of my work is as important as the whole. Like fractal dimensions, seen through a microscope or a telescope. I strive to have my work become an organic structure in itself, changing in different light or from different angles.” –Marieken Cochius
About the Artist
Marieken Cochius is a Dutch-born artist who has lived and worked in New York City since 1987, and in the Hudson Valley since 2013. Meditative and intuitive work that often explores growth forms, movement and containment of energy, she is drawn to remote places where she studies nature and makes art inspired by it. Her work encompasses drawing, painting, sculpture. A sculptural public commission was completed in 2017 for the Village of Wappingers Falls, NY.
She is a 2020 Recipient of an FCA Emergency Grants of COVID-19 Fund, and Marjorie Curit award winner for Contemporary and Non Traditional art.
Cochius’ work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and institutions in places ranging from New York City, NY, Berkeley, CA, Austin, TX, Los Angeles, CA, to Japan, Germany and the Netherlands. She has participated in residencies including the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.
Cochius has participated in recent exhibitions at the Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA, Roxbury Arts Center, Roxbury, NY; The Ely Center, New Haven, CT; Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY; LAB Space, Hillsdale, NY; Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Ube Gallery, Berkeley, CA. Her work was recently featured on covers of Willard and Maple Magazine, Sun Spot Journal, and inside Oscilloscope, Superstition Review, Tule Review 2020, Cold Mountain Review, Mud Season Review, Micacle Monocle, Art for a New Earth, Tiny Seed Literary Journal, Esthetic Apostle, FLAR, DeLuge Journal, Alluvian Environmental Journal, Raw Art Review.