Elaine Lustig Cohen studied at Newcomb College at Tulane University in 1945/46, and completed her BFA at the University of Southern California. She has worn many hats in her career- artist, graphic designer, art dealer, and archivist. Her experience and knowledge in each of these fields has been mutually influential, forming a complex interweaving between art history and her personal creative endeavors. She is an inheritor of modernism- in her early graphic design, abstract painting, and the collage aesthetic of Dada and Constructivism. The collage work in particular, continuously explores the possibilities and graphic juxtapositions of typeface, shapes, colors and their interplay with photography. The photographs have generally suggested the direction the collages take in their aesthetic style and overall gestalt. Cohen’s collage photographic materials are often found in flea markets, particularly in Mallorca where she lives in the summer. Japanese maidens, senoritas, bourgeois families, all find their way into a graphic environment which both responds to and forms the meaning of the visual image. Whether on assignment or working for herself, there is a playfulness and a surety to all of Cohen’s productions. For the last several years Cohen has used and mastered various digital techniques which have made there way into the formation of her works.
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