Jim Cooper

Jim Cooper

Ceramic Sculpture – 55cm High

Dunedin artist Jim Cooper’s ceramic sculptures push clay to its absolute limits while adhering to and confirming his fine art intent. Jim has an MFA in ceramics and until recently, he taught at Otago Polytech. The installations of figures with colourful glazes are the result of more than 20 years of refinement, during which Jim has been experimenting with modelling clay, firing techniques and glazes. Sgt P, Peppermints and Incense, and Its All Too Beautiful are responses to the record covers from the psychedelic era of the 1960s and 70s. Jim’s re-imagining of album covers celebrate the hand-made with vigorously modelled figurative works. The challenges inherent in constructing these figurative works contradict the casual and playful essence of Jim’s installations and attest to Jim’s skill and determination to continually reconstruct our understanding of ‘ceramics’ by developing fresh and dynamic narrative installations.



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