Dunedin artist Jim Cooper’s ceramic sculptures push clay to its absolute limits while adhering to and confirming his fine art intent.
Dunedin artist Jim Cooper's ceramic sculptures push clay to its
absolute limits while adhering to and confirming his fine art
intent. Jim has an MFA in ceramics and until recently, he taught at
Otago Polytech. Jim is now concentrating on his art making full
time because his installations typically include more than 100
pieces with the largest, Peppermints and Incense, having
1000 individual pieces.
The installations of figures with colourful glazes are the result
of more than 20 years of refinement, during which Jim has been
experimenting with modelling clay, firing techniques and glazes.
Sgt P, Peppermints and Incense, and Its All
Too Beautiful are responses to the record covers from the
psychedelic era of the 1960s and 70s. Jim's re-imagining of album
covers celebrate the hand-made with vigorously modelled figurative
The challenges inherent in constructing these figurative works
contradict the casual and playful essence of Jim's installations
and attest to Jim's skill and determination to continually
reconstruct our understanding of 'ceramics' by developing fresh and
dynamic narrative installations.
Jim's work received notable attention when Snowy from
Cavy, an angstful cat, won the Supreme Award of the Norsewear
Awards in 2006. Jim's installation Sgt P toured major
museums and he has held solo exhibitions throughout including
Peppermints and Incense exhibited at the Dunedin Public
Art Gallery in 2008.
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