Su san Cohn is an artist with multiple personalities – jeweller, craftswoman, designer, industrialist, curator, writer. Living in Naarm, Melbourne, she has been making work for over 35 years exhibiting extensively in Australia and internationally. Working across the art-craft-design divide, Cohn’s research-based and collaborative process brings a conceptual approach to her work together with an interest in contemporary culture and technology.
Cohn’s broad understanding of design and making has also enabled her to work as a designer for Alessi and as the curator of the international exhibition Unexpected Pleasures – the Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery, commissioned by the Design Museum, London. Cohn’s works are held in collections around the world including, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Die Neue Sammlung Design Museum, Munich; The National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. She has received several awards, including the Australia Council 2017 Visual Artist Award; induction into the Design Institute of Australia Hall of Fame (1995) and made an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities (2019). Cohn is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.