"Homeless (Alexus)," Carolyn Cohen. Hand pieced quilt, 42 x 36

"The Dispossessed (Amor)," Carolyn Cohen. Hand embroidered batik, 10-inch square.

"Homeless (Michelle)," Carolyn Cohen. Hand pieced quilt, 50 x 42

Carolyn Cohen

Carolyn Cohen’s work has a strong social justice component to it as she creates images of people or groups who have been marginalized, discriminated against or abused. Each of the works in this exhibit is of a particular Philadelphian; someone living in an area homeless shelter or on the streets. Many of these individuals are children. The works provide faces to those who are faceless, nameless and powerless, and bear witness to those who are suffering. The beauty that the artistic process brings to the images creates a tension with the inherent cruelty of the lives of the subjects; in admiring the works, the viewer becomes almost complicit in their abuse and neglect.

See more of her art on her website: carolyncohenart.com

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