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Michelle Cooke
updated: 06/23/2008
website: www.michellecooke.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Pear Series, #27
Pear Series, #23
Pear Series, #14
Pear Series, #28, Eggplant
Pear Series, #12
Pear Series, #13
Pear Series, #22
Pear Series, #6
Glass, 1-10-08, detail
Glass, 1-4-08, detail
Armor T
Armor T, detail back
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  organic, mimetic, conceptual, narrative, nature, geometric, psychological, site-specific, still life, optical
 
 
Pear Series, #27 by Michelle Cooke
Pear Series, #27
Graphite on Panel
2008
8" x  8" 
Pear Series, #23 by Michelle Cooke
Pear Series, #23
Graphite on Panel
2008
6" x  12" 
Pear Series, #14 by Michelle Cooke
Pear Series, #14
Graphite on Panel
2008
10" x  8" 
Pear Series, #28, Eggplant by Michelle Cooke
Pear Series, #28, Eggplant
Graphite on Panel
2008
10" x  16" 
Pear Series, #12 by Michelle Cooke
Pear Series, #12
Graphite on Panel
2008
8" x  10" 
Pear Series, #13 by Michelle Cooke
Pear Series, #13
Graphite on Panel
2008
8" x  10" 
Pear Series, #22 by Michelle Cooke
Pear Series, #22
Graphite on Panel
2008
10" x  8" 
Pear Series, #6 by Michelle Cooke
Pear Series, #6
Graphite on Panel
2008
10" x  8" 
Glass, 1-10-08, detail by Michelle Cooke
Glass, 1-10-08, detail
Glass
2008
Dimensions variable
Glass, 1-4-08, detail by Michelle Cooke
Glass, 1-4-08, detail
Glass
2008
Dimensions variable
Armor T by Michelle Cooke
Armor T
Mixed Media
2008
29" x  27"  x 15" 
Armor T, detail back by Michelle Cooke
Armor T, detail back
Mixed Media
2008
29" x  27"  x 15" 

Artist Statement
GRAPHITE, GLASS, and STEEL
Statement

These images highlight three aspects of my creative process that have a common source in visual cognition. The Pear Series stresses perception, the quality of seeing and knowing. Glass Installation involves insight, the direct apprehension of something not immediately apparent. The Armor sculpture evokes emotion, the primary force in visual engagement.

The Pear Series is comprised of graphite drawings of pears and other fruits and vegetables. The realist rendering of these organic solids against the unmediated neutral ground of the panel intensifies their immediacy. At the same time, it underscores their isolation, transforming them into hyper-real forms in negative space. Their ambivalent status in space brings into high relief their dependence on the operation of time. Instinctively we recognize the element of time in anything that is made, whether it be it a stone wall or a sculpture, a painting or drawing. We recognize time as a physical fact and, increasingly in the new century, a commodity of value.

Glass Installation presents the viewer with a complex skein of fractal forms. Translucent squares of glass attached perpendicular to the wall create shadows that dissolve the wall surface in a pale ambiguity of tessellated planes.

The Armor sculpture embodies emotive qualities of strength and tenderness in three-dimensional form. Armor conveys both protection and vulnerability, serving as a metaphor for female power, weakness and vanity. Disparate elements of steel, lace, and poppy petals reinforce the inherent tension and enhance the emotive impact.

Artist Bio / CV
MICHELLE COOKE

Master of Fine Arts, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
Bachelor of Fine Arts, The Art Institute of Southern California, Laguna, CA
University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2008 Antoine Predock Library, Los Alamos, NM
2008 Box Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2006 Retrospective, Box Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2005 1030 Agua Fria, Santa Fe, NM
2000 Whelan Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1999 Whelan Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1999 Jan Maiden Fine Art, Columbus, OH
1998 Jan Maiden Fine Art, Columbus, OH
1997 Glass Installation, Jan Maiden Fine Art, Columbus, OH
1997 Jan Maiden Fine Art, Columbus, OH
1996 Installation Ships, Pasadena, CA
1996 Jan Maiden Fine Art, Columbus, OH
1995 Jan Maiden Fine Art, Columbus, OH
1995 UNM, Taos/Canyon Center, Taos, NM
1994 Canyon Contemporary Art, Columbus, OH
1992 Gallery 200, Columbus, OH
1991 The Rome Series II, Rome, Italy
1990 C.R. Obetz Gallery, Columbus, OH
1987 Glass Installation, Denison University, Granville, OH
1985 Evolution of a City Installation, Villa Massenzia, Rome, Italy
1984 Rome Series, Villa Massenzia, Rome Italy


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2008 Flux: Refections on Contemporary Glass, NM Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
2008 Drawings, Fenix Gallery, Taos, NM
2003 The Art of the Book, Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM
2003 Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
2001 Window Project, Museum of Fine Art site, Santa Fe, NM
1999 Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Galisteo, NM
1999 Site Santa Fe Monothon Exhibit, Santa Fe, NM
1998 Scandal, Bareiss Gallery, Taos, NM
1997 NM Film & Video Makers Forum, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

PUBLICATIONS

THE Magazine, 6/2007
Taos News, Profile, 11/2006
THE Magazine, 9/2005
The Santa Fe Reporter, 8/3/2005
THE Magazine, 9/2003
Art New England, “Profile”, 6/2001
The Santa Fe New Mexican, 10/22/1999
THE Magazine, 12/1999
Albuquerque Journal, 10/24/1999
The Santa Fe New Mexican, 6/18/1999
THE Magazine, 3/1999
Geronimo, 2/1999
Columbus Dispatch, 1998
THE Magazine, 7/1998
Columbus Dispatch, 1997