Knocked the wind out of my sails…

— a sec­tion high­light­ing cre­ators work­ing in un­ex­pected me­dia and ma­te­ri­als.

Broken Pencil - - Table Contents - by Tara Cooper…

Knocked the wind out of my sails; touch and go; even keeled; steady as she goes. This set of im­ages be­gan with the idea of a boat nav­i­gat­ing the sea by night. It takes cues from the Beau­fort wind scale — a 13-point ob­ser­va­tional sys­tem de­vel­oped by naval of­fi­cer Fran­cis Beau­fort in 1805 — but also con­sid­ers sto­ries like that of Ann Dav­i­son, who was the first woman to cross the At­lantic Ocean alone, as well as poem Sev­en­teen from Sue Goyette’s pub­li­ca­tion Ocean. The fi­nal out­come, an in­stal­la­tion cum ship’s trav­el­ogue, will be ex­hib­ited this sum­mer at the Kitch­ener Water­loo Art Gallery as part of Crys­tal Mowry’s show The Brain is Wider Than the Sky.

Ma­te­ri­ally, Cooper has an ev­ery­thing-but-the-kitchen-sink ap­proach to mak­ing, find­ing in­spi­ra­tion in the how-to. This re­cent work mixes cyan­otype, ce­ram­ics, an­i­ma­tion, sound, and glass with an indigo vat dye­ing process, silkscreen print­ing, an­i­ma­tion, and punch needle rug hook­ing.

Tara Cooper

draws from me­te­o­rol­ogy and cre­ative non-fic­tion, re­sult­ing in projects housed un­der the moniker Weather Girl. Re­cent ac­com­plish­ments in­clude res­i­den­cies at the Ver­mont Stu­dio Cen­ter, Haystack, Ox-bow, An­der­son Ranch, The Was­saic Project and Land­fall Trust, as well as sev­eral arts coun­cil grants. She is also the co-ed­i­tor (along with Jenn Law) of Prin­topo­lis — a re­cent pub­li­ca­tion that ex­am­ines con­tem­po­rary print cul­ture. Cooper is an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­sity of Water­loo, De­part­ment of Fine Arts.

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