Shana Kohnstamm

Statement:
If you spend any time at all in front of a screen, you know how frightening the world can be. We are inundated by fast information, sensationalized headlines, stomach-churning pictographs and a pervasive sense of dread.

Instead of creating art to reflect, document or comment on the “Big Bad”, I choose to make art as an antidote to the ugliness.

Making beautiful things in a slow deliberate fashion is my way of restoring faith in humanity and in the future. It staves off the looming existential depression and calms my anxiety. Being able to create “something from nothing” fills me with gratitude, both for the resources I have to make objects and for the reception those objects receive.

Soft sculpture, by its very nature, invites more than the eye. It tempts one to touch. My intent is to slow down the viewer by engaging this secondary sense. Perhaps the work will engage your curiosity. It might conjure a memory, a moment of play or provoke feelings of wonder.

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Shana Kohnstamm. "Aculeus". Wool, wire, bead, acrylic polymer. 11" x 11" x 6". 2014.

Shana Kohnstamm. “Aculeus”. Wool, wire, bead, acrylic polymer. 11″ x 11″ x 6″. 2014.

Shana Kohnstamm "Relations" Wool, silk, acrylic polymer 25" x 22" x 8" $1500

Shana Kohnstamm “Relations”
Wool, silk, acrylic polymer