Created and Sold by Barbara Cooper

Barbara Cooper
Wall Treatments by Barbara Cooper seen at TF Green Airport (Arrivals), Warwick, RI, Warwick - Interval


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Hand-painted, fired-glass tile mosaic (82’ x 16’); TF Green Airport, Providence, RI.

The image reflects the tension inherent in any airport where the science of flight contrasts with the forces of nature, ranging from weather conditions to flows of people. Water is used as a metaphor for fluidity of movement in traversing spaces and functions. The piece serves as a wayfinder for passengers exiting the concourse.

Passengers move from the open terminal area with high ceilings and daylight-filled space down a ramp with vertical flourescents into a narrow hallway with a low ceiling on their way toward the baggage pickup. The image mirrors the movement of passengers: starting at the base of a waterfall, walking alongside the waves, submerging below the surface of the water. The underlying structure for the drawing is the Fibonacci series, a rhythmical mathematical sequence that grows proportionally and is pervasive throughout the natural world.

The wave forms, painted on tiles fabricated by Franz Mayer of Munich, Germany, are composed of collage elements from found photos and drawings of sea organisms, plants, grain patterns in wood, sand formations, and patterns on the surface of shells, all related flow forms and patterns in the natural world.

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Barbara Cooper

Meet the Creator

Barbara Cooper works fluidly between sculpture and drawing. Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington, presented an extensive solo exhibition, accompanied by a 32-page color catalogue. Other solo shows include the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, the Chicago Cultural Center, Fassbender Gallery in Chicago, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and the Hafnarborg Institute of Culture and Fine Art, in Iceland.

She has been an invited artist at Pilchuck, and the Kohler Arts / Industry Program, and the Johnson Atelier. Yaddo, Macdowell, Ragdale, Blue Mountain Center, Montalvo, and the Camargo Foundation in France, are among the many residencies she has held.

Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Cranbrook Museum of Art, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, among others.

Cooper recently completed public art commissions for the Avalon Library in Chicago and the Chicago Transit Administration, and the Rhode Island Airport in Providence. A Chicago resident, Cooper has received three Illinois Arts Council Fellowships.”

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