Some will be ghosts
a psalm: Quidam nunc recordatus
Some are now remembered
that is, lives
acceptably or not;
these are the saints and souls.
a buffer, interference,
guardians and watchers;
these are angels.
shifting modes of existence –
entirely reasonable, fair even;
in the case of a life unresolved,
some will be ghosts.
– Kathleen C Cooper 10.28.2020
The clay from your wheel
sits in my hand as a bowl –
as your hands in mine.
My sister & I –
do you remember us? We
bought a set to share.
Now, you and I, though
strangers, are connected by
two blue and brown bowls.
-Kathleen C Cooper 10-18-2020
Pottery by Ann Heywood https://annheywood.com
Memory, threads of thought and image
Kathleen C. Cooper. 2017. Welded steel, copper wire, galvanized steel wire, photographs, film negatives and photography ephemera.
This is difficult to photograph – inside are antique film negatives of various format collected from family members. (What looks like “movie film” is actually film negatives threaded together with copper wire.)
In this work I attempted to make the connection between memories and all of the ephemera and personal documentation we create and collect in our lives, much of it hidden away – possibly forgotten or fading – in boxes, files and storage – both physical and mental.
welded steel, 18″ x 18″ x 18″ – almost exactly. the knitting is not as precisely gauged but it will work. stay tuned.
Sculpture: “Signpost” Kathleen C Cooper, May 2017. Welded steel, approximately 8″ high, 5″ x 1.5″ at base.
How interesting … words that came across my way, today, by way of Ecclesiasticus – “He has placed before you fire and water; stretch out your hand for whichever you choose.”
I have been sensing too much “water” energy in my life recently. Time to take up the fire. A project is overdue to move forward.
A woman’s work is never done. There
now it’s as good as new. Darn it! I just fixed
that yesterday! Waste not, want not. It’s
perfectly good…that’ll hold it for a while. Wasted knots
not wanted. A stitch in time saves nine.
Nine stitches, just in time. (She thought she was done.) Idle
hands are the devil’s workshop. Not
again! Here let me have that… (Knot again.) A penny
saved is a penny earned. Sometimes, it seems I’ve
only earned a penny spent. A woman’s work is done.
Kathleen C Cooper 2015
That Darned Sweater. Copyright Kathleen C Cooper 2015
That Darned Sweater. Kathleen C Cooper. December 2015.
Kevin’s experientially distressed wool sweater, felted and repaired with mixed metal darning and knitted wire patchwork. Hand-made steel hanging structure. Found & repurposed mirror and salvaged hanging wire, knitted brass wire hanger cover. Approximately 30” vertical by 28” horizontal, 8” deep.
Have you ever thought –
“When you are here, I miss you” ?
There’s a song in that.
on the outside, but
with all this rain my house is
crying on the inside
plastic and duct tape –
making a water feature
on the upper porch
weeding and planting
in (more) rain – nice enough that
I’ll do it again
©kathleen c cooper 7/01/15