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Laura Cooper
 
OPUNTIA DOUBLE, 2001-2013

Opuntia Double is an extended meditation on the intricate lines found in the coral-like dried remains of Paddle Cactus (Opuntia indica), gathered in the artist's garden. Rubbed with graphite and transferred to watercolor paper, these delicate tracings were worked over with Japanese watercolor and tiny (triple zero to zero) brushes. This process created the first layer of Opuntia Double, the wall component. The overlay component is a complimentary hanging drawing, created by crocheting the forms of the wall piece, using very fine silk, wool, stainless steel and mohair yarns, then sewn to a transparent veil of tulle and hung in front of the wall work.

Installation:
Opuntia Double is variable and site specific. The two components shift according to the space – in one installation, they are directly in front of each other and are hung so that one walks through a corridor created by that space between the wall drawing and the floating drawing. In another installation, the floating crocheted drawing is hung 14 inches in front of the wall drawing and slips to the right by 2 and a half feet. The intent is that the work will continue to have multiple configurations depending on the space it is installed in.

Materials:
Graphite, Japanese watercolor, paper, silk, wool, mohair, stainless steel, cotton thread, nylon tulle.