Layered presents the mixed media works of FSU Studio Art MFA ’16 Elise Thompson and Rachel Gisela Cohen, two artists who create elaborate microcosms that simultaneously conceal and reveal the inner workings of their multidimensional -scapes. Merging positive and negative space through color, texture and shape, Cohen and Thompson push the boundaries of their non-traditional materials.
Thompson’s sheer, layered surfaces call on the intricacies of transparency through varying degrees of obscured visibility. She utilizes censoring effects to withhold, disguise or outright obstruct and creates perceived or physical voids that disrupt and expose. These works teeter between a need to control and a sense of vulnerability, equally sharing with and depriving the viewer.