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Marcia Cooper

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My work addresses the many seemingly contradictory, incongruent and complex forces that define and inhabit our lives.

Through the use of everyday disposable materials I create sculptures, installations, site-specific works and videos that explore the internal and external relationships and conditions shared by the human body and the environment.

Through this process,I find vulnerability, absurdity and estrangement to be inclusive parts of our reality as well as a penchant for the body and the earth to undergo change.

The image to the right is a digital still, titled "B-2" from the Video "Surface Undulations of Dislocation II". Details on this work are below.
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To the right is "Floating Wall Section A", Mixed media. To the left is "Transbilayer Bundle #4"; 27"x 47" x 12"; Mixed media, felt, fiber, plastics, fabric, lace, followed by "Transbilayer Bundle #5", 14" x24" x 12", mixed media. Similar, yet different from painting and sculpture, I mold and layer the materials as well as surgically attach, squeeze, stuff, pull, dig, extract, unveil and mend them.
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Below the "Transbilayer Bundle" works is "Protein #3", 40" x 50" x 5", Mixed media, from the series "Surface Undulations of Dislocation I". Within this series, forms allude to multiple body parts, such as a shoulder or breast, the lines of a torso, hip, dimple, duct or pore; as well as topological formations of the earth, as in mountains, the desert, an excavation or snow covered hills, cloud formations and ocean floor.

I perceive the unadorned surfaces similar to that of a skin from which aesthetic issues of color, texture and composition are addressed, with references made to the occasional freckle, indent, scar, plant life and tuft of hair through hanging filaments. Along with this, I incorporate the materials’ semi-translucent character to reveal aspects of the ‘world’ beneath the surface, from which associations to tremors and combustion, together with biological evocations of organs, vessels, cellulose, tissues, and veins are able to come forth.
Also in this series below is "Subcellular Transformation". 84’ x 50’ x 20"; Mixed media, muslin, fibers, robe, pottery, flour.
Related to the sculptural works is the video "Surface Undulatiions of Dislocation II".
Filmed at White Sands Monument in New Mexico, this site is in itself an anomaly, from the perspective of both the natural world and our sociological/political history. As a desert formed by gypsum from a pre-existing lake, its’ conditions have led to mutated effects upon surviving animal and plant life.
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Following these natural events, the location also became the test site for the first atomic bomb and continues as an active missile range today.

Within the video, I document the existing visual relationships between the landscape and my sculptural works, and explore the spontaneous movements of two semi-transparent rain ponchos as they interact with the light and sand, as military aircrafts, winds and human breathe sound in the background.
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