House in the Woods (I was there and you are here):
Working within a narrative framework, Tara Cooper’s series House in the Woods (I was there and your are here) considers the conditions of desire, both the murmurings of regret and the longing for the future. It sets up dialogues between real versus imagined, happenstance versus staged, fact versus fairy-tale and large versus small. Similar to the relationship between author and reader—the work engages the viewer on an intimate level (one-to-one).
With forecasts we’re told to heed warnings—hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Tara Cooper’s Weather Wise assembles a compendium of weather lore and superstitions from cloud nines to fair weather friends to silver linings. It is the next chapter in her ongoing series/alter ego Weather Girl, a project that mixes an amateur’s enthusiasm for meteorology with found objects, video and print.
Beneath the rubric of Canadian Nature, Cooper’s observations combine fieldwork and footwork moving from the amateur ornithologist, to the idea of north, to her most recent study involving the language of weather. This interest in fieldwork has led Cooper to participate in many national and international artist residencies including: Kloster Bentlage in Rheine, Germany, Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California, Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, The Frans Masereel Center in Kasterlee Belgium, Malaspina in Vancouver and St. Micheal’s Printshop in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Cooper received her Master of Fine Arts from Cornell University in 2008, specializing in the disciplines of print, film and installation. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. She currently teaches in the print department at the Ontario College of Art and Design.