Liz Cohen was born 1973 in Phoenix, AZ. She received a B.A. from Tufts University, Boston, MA, and a B.F.A. from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, both in 1996. She later received her M.F.A. in Photography from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA in 2000. Cohen has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as Site Santa Fe in New Mexico; Ballroom Marfa in Texas; the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh; Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland; and the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona. Cohen has received awards and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York, NY; Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, New York, NY; Kresge Foundation, Detroit, MI; Creative Capital Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY; Artadia, New York, NY; The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH; and Akademie Schoss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany.
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.