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.
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.
finally! it’s been a long winter for me but i took the “opportunity” to finish this sculpture – just in time for pentecost. This is made of copper wire and steel and is about 11.5″ square by 3′ tall.
sculpture: vessel for the holy spirit (top view)
sculpture: vessel for the holy spirit (front view)
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Steel, 12” x 4” x 4 ½”. Kathleen C Cooper, 2010.
This was a scrap-work piece when I was first learning to use oxyacetylene gear but I took a liking to it and didn’t toss it back in the pile.
working on the bling for the next sculpture….
a weld puddle or weld pool is the molten metal produced where and when the weld is being made. it’s mesmerizing…it’s where it’s all happening.