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FACULTY SHOW 2009: Recent Work by SRJC Faculty

November 5 - December 12, 2009

Materia Prima

Sondra Cohen, Materia Prima
oil on canvas, 12" x 12"

Artist Statement

For me painting is fundamentally a meditative process. The abstract forms these paintings take are, in part, the result of that process. As James Elkins defines it: “Paint is water and stone, and it is liquid thought.” These paintings are the latest in a series that began in 2005, with a line from Rilke’s Duino Elegy I:
     “But listen to the voice of the wind
       And the ceaseless message that forms itself out of silence.”

Teaching Philosophy

My priorities as an art instructor are to provide students with the opportunity to succeed in mastering the skills required in each discipline that I teach, currently Art 4-Color. I design projects to elicit imaginative problem solving that demonstrate sequential mastery of specific skills. I provide practice in the manipulation of various media and I encourage participation in the critique process, which reinforces comprehension of concepts in art.


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