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CURRENT WORK

FIELD WORK

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TEACHING
Laura Cooper
 
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Carpenter Ants eat calligraphic rivulets into the wood of fallen tree limbs, visible once the bark falls off. It looks like a language or code – certain marks repeat, and overall there is a grace that feels rhythmic and intentional. Rubbing ink lightly over the branches makes this "ant language" easier to see. Cooper is transcribing what she can decipher.
Maidu Mortar Holes : While hiking on and off trail, Cooper discovered beautiful round holes carved into granite — mortar holes that traced the relationship of native residents and their gleaning of the landscape. One can imagine the amount of time it took to create these perfect round punctures in the hard granite, while preparing oak and pine nuts for flour. This kind of long-making, that happens from a direct and meaningful connection to landscape over generations, is deeply meaningful to the artist.