Rachel Gisela Cohen was born and raised near the Great Swamp of New Jersey. She spent her youth attending the local environmental education center and raised butterflies in Monteverde, Costa Rica before returning for college in the United States. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Drew University with a double major in Art History and Studio Art.

Rachel is a multidisciplinary artist and educator living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked as a museum educator and art instructor for Pratt Institute, the Montclair Art Museum, and Brooklyn Friends School.

She recently received her Master's of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Pratt Institute with honors. Rachel has attended several artist residencies including the Vermont Studio Center, Cope NYC, Urban League of Essex and the Tyler School of Art. Her work has been exhibited at the Montclair Art Museum, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and Pierogi Gallery’s the Boiler.


In nature, bright bold coloration and patterning is often a signifier of seduction or a warning sign for danger. Like the juxtaposing yellow and black stripes found on a wasp, or the crimson circled abdomen of a black widow spider. Aposematic color and patterning found in nature is often used as a signal or warning sign for predators. Think of the red and black spotted ladybug, whose vibrant color and patterning are actually meant to warn predators of their poisonous flesh.

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