Dianna Cohen


Los Angeles-based multi-media visual artist, painter and curator Dianna Cohen is best known for her two-dimensional and three-dimensional works using recycled plastic bags – sewn together – ranging from small hanging pieces to room-sized installations. Cohen has shown work in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Africa.

Cohen created Ocean of Plastic mural and accompanying video short in 2010 with students at BFIS in Barcelona, and the mural has been shown in Barcelona, England, Greece, Washington DC, Santa Monica, the Hamptons, San Francisco, at Bonnaroo in Tennessee 2013 and is currently on exhibit in Solar City at OC3 Great Park in Orange County, CA.

In 2010, Cohen presented a solo exhibition at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and in 2011, Cohen’s wallflowers were acquired by AIEP to be in the permanent collection of the US Embassy in Tijuana, Mexico. Her work was featured in the inaugural exhibition Flows to Bay at MoM-Museum of Monterey. In 2012, Cohen exhibited in Los Angeles, Prague, and Kefalonia, Greece. In 2014, Cohen’s work was included in the GYRE exhibition at the Museum of Anchorage Alaska.

Dianna Cohen is the Creative Advocacy Director and co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition, a group that addresses the pervasive problem of plastic pollution. Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to STOP plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment.

She was inspired to co-found the group though her artwork -- because her chosen material is the ubiquitous plastic bag. She writes: "Having worked with the plastic bag as my primary material for the past twenty years, all of the obvious references to recycling, first-world culture, class, high and low art give way to an almost formal process which reflects the unique flexibility of the medium."

With Plastic Pollution Coalition, she helps to raise awareness of ocean waste & plastic pollution -- the majority of which is non-degradable plastic -- and to expand on everyday strategies to cut down the amount of plastic we use and throw away, and suggest alternatives & solutions.

In 2010, she gave a TED talk to shares some tough truths about plastic pollution in the ocean -- and some thoughts on how to free ourselves from the plastic gyre in our own lives. Since then, she has presented talks at INKTalks in Pune India 2012 and at Parley for the Ocean in Berlin, Germany 2013.

American. Based in Los Angeles, CA.

Available Works

Falda, 2005

Artist: Dianna Cohen
Dimensions: 9’ x 4’
Materials: Plastic bags, handles and thread.

Proceeds Benefit: 50% of the net proceeds from the sale of this sculpture will go to the Plastic Pollution Coalition.

Price: $13,000 USD
(Price does not include shipping or installation.)


Recycleman, 2004

Artist: Diana Cohen
Materials: Plastic bags, thread, and watercolor paper.

Proceeds Benefit: 50% of the net proceeds from the sale of this sculpture will go to the Plastic Pollution Coalition.

Price: $2,500 USD
(Price does not include shipping or installation.)


For purchasing, high resolution images or other details, please visit www.DiannaCohen.com or email dianna@plasticpollutioncoalition.org

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