Cosima Storz- BFA AIR- 2011-2012
Cosima Storz is a artist and teacher based in Richmond, VA. Her work consists of printmaking, photography, and performance art. She draws inspiration from both architecture, astronomy, science, and speculative fiction. Both immediate places (rooms, buildings) and our surrounding larger cosmos (galaxies and starlight) inspire her to create images that foster reflection, wonder, and the remembrance of Earthlands, seaways, and starscapes that are part of our deep memory, recollected dreams, and shared unconscious thought.
I had the pleasure of receiving a residency with the Painting and Printmaking Department at VCU-Qatar in 2011-2012. While there I had the chance to continue to expand my body of work from undergraduate school while working in a professional and more challenging environment. I made screen prints (with explicit reference to 1950's US science fiction movies and the experience of the being an alien in a new land), relic sculpture, mixed media drawings (assemblage and collage of personal and historic photography with Hubble Space Telescope views ands drawings of architectural spaces in Qatar), and glitter resin paintings of starscapes.
After I completed the residency, I moved to the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. I worked as a professional picture framer in Washington D.C. and as an artist I focused on stone lithography printing at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. At about the same time I had an internship with Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, Maryland and learned how to make handmade paper, and to print with antique lead type and a letterpress . Following the internship, I was asked to work as an art teacher with Pyramid Atlantic (taught print making and collage to elementary school children) and continued making my art in that studio as well. Around 2014, I moved back to Richmond, Virginia. Since then I have had a residence space with Studio Two Three (a non-profit community print center), and have continued to work as a art teacher with Studio Two Three (teaching low tech printing with relief techniques, picture framing, lithograph printing, and bookmaking) . I have also been awarded a upcoming print residency in July 2016 in Diemelstadt-Rhoden, Germany. In the Fall of 2016, I will begin the Master's of Art Education program with Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts, in Richmond, Virginia.