Making Art with Two Hands

Drawings at Matteawan “strive for a true line”

The Matteawan Gallery in Beacon will open an exhibit of work by Marieken Cochius, Invisible Nature, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Second Saturday, Feb. 13. The artist will talk about her drawings at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, and the exhibit continues through March 6.

The show features three bodies of work: ink and shellac drawings; a large drawing made with water-based mediums, pastel, charcoal and pencil on paper; and the Cloud series with graphite and pastel.

"Invisible Nature" (2015) by Marieken Cochius (photo courtesy of the artist)

“Invisible Nature” (2015) by Marieken Cochius (photo courtesy of the artist)

According to Cochius, she “strives for a true line,” using both hands to make her drawings. “My left hand is more like an antenna, more searching, while my right hand is more sure,” she says. Ultimately, her drawings are variations or extensions of a line of poetry she wrote: “…one strand of terrifying color shivering before you.”

Cochius is a Dutch artist who has lived and worked in New York City since 1987 and in the Hudson Valley since 2013. She has exhibited nationally as well as in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan. She studied art at the Art Academy St. Joost in Breda, the Netherlands.

The Matteawan Gallery, located at 426 Main St., is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit or call 845-440-7901.

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