Artist of the month - Danielle Cohen

My name is Danielle Cohen. I am entering eleventh grade at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. I live in the borough of Queens. I was part of the summer course of the HS2AS program.  I would like my work to be about exploring how the physical human body can relate to or affect an individual’s identity and personality. In my art, I would represent the physical body separated from the spiritual/mental body. I would like to portray the body as a vessel, and give it no distinctions of gender, race, etc. By doing this the body itself isn’t bias, but in a sense, purely human. I am interested in distorting, manipulating, and obscuring close-up parts of the human body. I want the images I make to be visually ambiguous. In my art I want to incorporate the ideas of metaphysics, which include explorations of abstract concepts such as being, knowing, substance, cause, identity, time, and space. I am currently directed in created images that are monochromatic so that the focus of the art is in the structure, shapes, and value.


The HS2AS program taught me about the art world, and also about what it takes to get into a good art college. 

The program helped me develop new ideas for my own art, and helped me think about what messages I want to convey as an artist.

My big dream as an artist is to influence the way people think about life by opening them up to my personal ideas and beliefs.

Through this program I have learned that anything can be art if there is intention and thought behind it. 

By visiting museums and different artists, I learned about how the art world functions and how I can be a part of it one day.

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