This painting depicts overgrown vegetation with unnatural leaves. Their acid-like color hint at the artist’s interest in exploring how plants and other living organisms have been transformed by their proximity to humans. In particular, Cochet is drawn to genetically-modified plants that can survive without significant amounts of sunlight or water. He says that these organisms are "the quintessence of the thin line between nature and nurture. They show what humanity has lost. Plants in office spaces or pets that are taken for granted, became invisible. However, when considered more closely, they uncover a hidden aspect of the relationship between beings. For the best or the worst.”
In his painting, drawing and sculpture, Roman Cochet imagines a post-human world. His deftly executed canvases incorporate human touch while also exploring possible realities where only the traces of humanity are evident.
Roman Cochet was born in Paris, France in 1987.
Cochet’s work has been featured in several group exhibitions, including: Winter Update at Alexander and Bonin in New York City (2020); A dog named Robot at Alexander and Bonin in New York City (2019); 30 Under 30ish at VICTORI + MO in Brooklyn, New York (2018); MFA Thesis Show at 205 Hudson Gallery, Hunter College in New York City (2015); 64th Annual Art of the Northeast at Silvermine Arts Center in Russeth, Connecticut (2014); and SACREMENT at Galerie Ivan Ptakhine in Paris, France (2012).
Cochet lives and works in New York City.
This painting depicts overgrown vegetation with unnatural leaves—their acid-like color hinting at how plants and other living organisms have been transformed by their proximity to humans. The artist is drawn to genetically modified plants as they uncover a hidden aspect of the relationship between different beings.More