Liz Cohen grew up in Phoenix, AZ. She received a BA in philosophy from Tufts University in Boston, a BFA in studio art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an MFA in photography from the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco. Her grants and awards include awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, Akademie Schloss Solitude and the MacDowell Colony. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including shows at venues such as the Phoenix Art Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum, El Paso Museum of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, Ballroom Marfa, and Site Santa Fe. Cohen lives in Phoenix and is an Associate Professor at Arizona State University’s School of Art.
BODYWORK is a combination performance and sculpture project that investigates the American desire for acceptance, the creation of identity and the requirements for group membership. Cohen has transformed an aging East German Trabant into an American El Camino low-rider, and herself into a car customizer and bikini model. Cohen is working at a custom body shop to transform the vehicle, and working out regularly at a gym to transform her body. BODYWORK includes an installation of the car and photos of Cohen as a model.