Untucked Women: Laura Cohen
Laura, what keeps you on-the-go?
I feel stuck if I'm not actively creating things or learning new skills.
As a photographer/dancer/musician/instillation artist/performance artist/film maker/model/budding taxidermist/yoga teacher I have a vigorous appetite for craft (neon bending, stained glass, and other glass-based arts are next on my list). Everyday I try to do something for myself that is productive, even if it's just posting a minute long clip of my dancing on Instagram, or writing a little song while in the shower. In my career as a fine art picture framer I am constantly immersed in the work of professional artisans, which is inspiring, but also imposing. It's hard not to compare myself to the successes of others without feeling inadequate, so I combat those negative thoughts by being prolific. Being limber is definitely key to staying mobile so I advocate yoga, massage, and meditation.
What's your day-in-the-life?
Wake up early, teach or do yoga --> go to my job as a conservation picture framer --> teach or do yoga (if I didn't do it in the morning already) --> eat dinner and watch anime --> edit music/perform music/go see live music. On the weekends I also teach or do yoga and often take classes/do workshops, or go see art shows if I don't have to meet with someone about making art (like meeting with my art collective, Aver).
What do you wear to work?
Yoga pants, a t-shirt dress, button up shirt, and a sweater. Sneakers if I'm skateboarding, high-heeled clogs if I'm trying to be cute, and a hat if my hair is dirty.
What's one of the most rewarding parts about your job?
When it looks good. That's when it feels good.
What does an Untucked life mean to you?
Being positive in the face of self-doubt, because even though there will always be someone who doubts you it shouldn't be coming from you yourself.
From your experience, what can we learn from you today?
In order be fluid and inventive I recommend practicing improvisation and embracing your inability to control everything. I am a big fan of Merce Cunningham and John Cage, two proponents of stochastic processes and collaboration. From them I have learned that happy accidents are valuable tools, and if you can incorporate chance operations into your art there will perpetually be room for surprises. Plus, working with other artists is rewarding as it keeps me from feeling stale and increases my accountability when comes to finishing the myriad projects I start.
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