|Medium: Mixed Media
Paintcan Studios - Studio# 302
10-10 44th Avenue
I was born and raised in NYC by Viennese parents. Influenced by my architect father and milliner mother, I was exposed to to art and culture throughout my formative years. At age 13, I began my formal training at the Art Students League, where I studied Life and Still life drawing and painting under the tutelage of Ethel Katz. In Rhodes Preparatory High School, Jim Dine was my mentor. Later, at Pratt Institute, where I earned a BFA (with Honors), Robert Natkin, Lucien Krukowshy and Bernard Aptekar were my teachers and inspiration .
My latest series, I call "Segments" These works are multi-media constructions, fit to a 14" x 14" stretched canvas base. They are modular assemblages combining acrylic polymer paint, and "Found Objects" - bits 'n' pieces of stuff - mangled, dented, twisted, flattened - that were abandoned and cast off into our landscape. In these works, I also recycle the pigmented paper towels that were tools in my painting process.
Though the subject matter "Eco-Green" is serious in nature, that of Littering and Recycling, my paintings often evoke a whimsical spirit. These textural works are lyrical and playful in movement, as I seek to create an interesting, imaginative and beautiful new setting, with new life for these artifacts. No matter...... The common thread inherent in these recycled works is that they provide a new way of looking at detritus.
All images and text copyright Marilee Cooper