Wednesday, February 17, 2010

5 x 5 Submission 46 - Celeste Cooning

Celeste Cooning

Artist Statement
My interest in pattern and ornamentation led me to explore the medium of cut paper. Working with cut paper in relief facilitates a particular responsiveness to materials, shape, light, and space. These works demand fluidity and attention to detail, which cannot be accomplished in haste. The hand-cut nature is an important aspect of the work, necessitating mindfulness within the process. This way of working allows me to inhabit a sanctuary of stillness within the intensity of existence. Ideally the work exudes this same breath when experienced. My process runs parallel to my philosophical belief in the eternal need for the human spirit to work.

Celeste Cooning was born in the small town of Seymour, Indiana. She grew up in Warsaw and earned a B.F.A. in painting at Indiana University, Bloomington in 2001. Graduate studies in painting brought her to the University of Washington. Celeste continues to live and work in Seattle. She is influenced by the history of ornamentation and the exploration of symmetry as balance. Currently, her work ranges from intimate cut-paper collage to site-considered installation.

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