intense passionate artwork |Welcome to a new friend: Samm Cohen

The Artist

Samm Cohen Profile ProfessionalI’ve been making intense passionate artwork since before I could even write words. I have always been captivated by powerful images. As my family often used images to convey individual style and communicate perspectives, I learned early and continued to pursuit the refinement my expressive technique for my full lifetime, seeking to convey my truth through imagery.

Color and line, filled with ardor, pushed across the surface with explosive emotion. My work has been described as “visceral”, ” fearless, perceptive, emotional”, ” deep and vivid”. Emotion is openly explored. Moods can be discerned while context remains a mystery; the feeling is explored but the backstory left for the viewer to fill-in, perhaps with their own narrative. Color, texture, surface, even medium, serve to delve into emotions and invite the audience in. In this way, my art is merely a mirror; every viewer gets an unrepeated, unique and fulfilling experience. Indeed, I am told sentiment and self-actualization are Rosetta Stone for understanding this body of work.

During my vocation as a visual artist, I have explored many media, including painting, sculpture, photography, fabric and jewelry design, as well as some others. I have also discovered more experimental work using digital imaging to create hybrids that fuse multiple media sources into a coherent images. Sometimes I use words, in poetry as well as parts of paintings and jewelry. Whatever feels genuine and pertinent to the message being aesthetically conveyed. I have also expanding into other creative realms, particularly music (see my work with band: ALIENS).

SorrowEye.blueAs I study and transform my expression, I have also studied psychology from many angles and believe in the importance of each of us working on ourselves. I also believe the greatest privilege a person can be endowed is the ability to help other people through special talent or understanding. I achieved my master’s degree in Creative Art Therapy in 2006 in order to help patients more deeply explore the relationships between image and emotion in a clinical setting. I’ve used the process of art making to help patients achieve better treatment outcomes from psychotherapy. As an artist, this single experience has greatly enhanced my own work more than any other by allowing me to take a peek into the emotional lives of others and discover universal motifs within the subconscious mind. The visual language of emotion has underlying cohesiveness that spans across culture, language, and even subjective experience. It is this visual language of emotion that I seek to uncover.

via Jewelry with Purpose | Samm Cohen.

Jewelry with Purpose


I used to sit in my high school classes intense and absorbed, as I doodled small pictures of inspired jewelry made of wire and stones that I would work on when I went home.  On weekends I would go to Star Magic in Manhattan and buy varieties of quartz for jeweled consumption.  Not that I was a bad student, I did well in school and was interested, but not with the passion that I had for making things.  Especially small things I could wear around my neck or wrist or finger.  I grew older and took classes in things like metal smithing and worked in NY’s Diamond District bezel making, learning many things and seeing elegant things.  But it wasn’t until I interned at a ceramics place that I really re-questioned why jewelry has to be made out of those  traditional metals and seemly arbitrarily expensive stones cut in typical shapes.  And while that experience was important to my growth as a foundation, I felt free to springboard into refreshed materials.  After all, there are beautiful qualities in many things that maybe I did look at too hard before, that if brought out right, I could see.  Stuff that I might discard, that would be considered junk.  So I’m not going to give you an long brooding altruistic speech about how the garbage we produce is at a rate of over a billion pound a day in America or how we were taught that and teach that not to fix or value things as we push to have the newest whatever, which is of course true and important, but Id rather focus on all the beauty that is everywhere waiting to be exhumed.  This to me add extra meaning to re-purposing things that seemed to fade into the background before.


Sorrow Eyes: A study in evolving emotions through change of method

I started working on this series last year, after a comment was passed by a dear friend and artist, Blake Sandberg, about an oil painting of mine that struck him.  He told me that he was interested in seeing how he could see this image in different forms.  So, I began to work on ways of retaining the delineated mood while creating something new with each painting–varying shapes, dis-similar sizes, uncommon colors, or mismatched surfaces; I think each one has a different spirit.



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