Susan Cooper

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Artist’s Statement
Art serves as a compass to determine and explore our place in the world. It is a fulcrum, linking the physical world with ideas, memory and vision. Maintaining perspective in a vast and complicated world is a fascinating process. This is what I try to resolve. Our place in time and life is perpetually changing, producing more combinations of understanding and an ever enlarging vision of the world.

One benefit of public art is learning about new areas and enlarging my view of the world. Public art addresses the nature of the site and its surroundings. This includes the purpose of the facility as well as its physical nature, and natural setting. In my studio work I concentrate on the world privately. How time, and place in life changes my view is apparent in my work.

Although I was trained in painting, my work is almost always deeply high relief and sculpture in a variety of materials. I work in all formats, sizes, media, in both public and private arenas. The City and County of Denver commissioned me to create two 14 feet by 7 feet by 8 inches high relief murals for the City and County Building. I was on the design team for RTD, the Regional Transportation district, for four years. I designed enhancements for 13 stations over 20 miles. My largest contribution was designing over forty windscreens, each in unique colors and patterns.

My studio work has been shown in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Mexico City, and New York. A 100 foot wall sculpture recreating facades of synagogues that were destroyed during WWII is at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Lucy R. Lippard wrote the catalogue essay for the project that was underwritten by the Gonda Foundation. My work has also appeared in ARTFORUM, Los Angeles Times, and quite often in Colorado Newspapers.

Los Angeles is my original home. My art education began at California State University at Northridge and continued at University of California at Berkeley, where I earned BA and MA degrees. After two years in New Mexico, where I was awarded a painting grant and a painting commission, I now live outside of Denver and work in an old horse barn.

Many of my public works are in universities, parks, hospitals, and various other locations in California, Colorado, Nebraska, Mexico, and Missouri. Other installations are at the Denver Art Museum, Kirkland Museum, Roswell Museum, and Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art in New Mexico.

My preferred media are bronze, plastic, LED lighting, glass, steel, wood, oil paint and combinations of the above. I am often curious about the way media changes the facts of objects and their significance. For example, a series of works on the cycles of life began as prints, became wall sculptures, then plastic, and currently bronze. This reflects my continued fascination with how time and place alter the perspective on the same phenomena. A person is the same in nature while time and place changes that outward perspective and inner perception. The studio work often addresses evolution and the nature of art making itself.

As an artist I have the honor of constantly reflecting the continually changing, perplexing, and marvelous world that we all occupy.