Spread, by Marieken Cochius
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. Cochius’s meditative, strong, and intuitive work 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. Recent solo shows were held at the Matteawan Gallery in Beacon, NY, and the Holland Tunnel Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Her work is in many private collections throughout the US and Europe. She has participated in residencies, including time with the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. Cochius has participated in recent group exhibitions at the Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury, NY; the Ely Center in New Haven, CT; the Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh, NY; LAB Space in Hillsdale, NY; and the Sideshow Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Her work was recently featured on the covers of Willard and Maple Magazine, Sun Spot Journal, and inside Tule Review, Cold Mountain Review, Mud Season Review, Miracle Monocle, Art for a New Earth, Tiny Seed Literary Journal, Esthetic Apostle, FLAR, DeLuge Journal, Alluvian Environmental Journal, and Raw Art Review
Interview with Marieken Cochius
- How long have you been making art?
- What inspired this work?
- What writers or artists inspire you and your work?
- Where can we find your recent or future work?
5. What would you advise those interested in seriously pursuing art?
- I have been making art for over 25 years. Art is a full-time vocation, but I have always worked on the side as well. In the last decade or so, I have been self-employed as a professional organizer. Before that, I worked in galleries, bookstores, as a photographer, a cabinetmaker, managed a hot spring in West Texas—the list goes on.
2. I made this work in May 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to obscure a view with something impenetrable and ungraspable, thinking of maps and vapors.
3. Artists whose work I love: Anselm Kiefer, Gordon Matta-Clark, Saenredam, Jon Schueler, Pat Steir, and many others.
5. My advice to those who are willing to be artists: When in doubt make more. The first 10 of anything are going to be pretty bad, so start by getting those out of the way. Being tenacious as shit is a plus. Realize your thinking brain might not be the same as the making brain. Have fun, and work every day, even for 30 minutes. Good luck!