Marieken Cochius

Drawing Painting Sculpture Printmaking

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, strong 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 and printmaking. A sculptural public commission was completed in 2017 for the Village of Wappingers Falls, NY, and will be installed in 2020. Recent solo shows were at Matteawan Gallery in Beacon, NY, and Holland Tunnel Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. 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. Her work is in many private collections in the US and Europe. She has participated in residencies including the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. Cochius has participated in recent group exhibitions at WAAM, Woodstock, NY; Holland Tunnel Newburgh, 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 Cold Mountain Review, Mud Season Review, Miracle Monocle, Tiny Seed Literary Journal,  Esthetic Apostle, FLAR, DeLuge Journal, Alluvian Environmental Journal, Raw Art Review.

"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 of pattern and order in this organic world otherwise 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, micah), 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 studied still photography and later film. I wanted to make still films and moving photographs. Though I now work in paint and other media, I am still on a quest to contain movement in a static medium. 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."