Saturday 23 September, 4.30pm
Essay by Ash Tower
Submerge is an exhibition of new work by Edwina Cooper, a South Australian artist who often works with the material and visual forms of sailing. This exhibition responds directly to research undertaken by Cooper during a recent residency in Canada, focussing on the human relationship to bodies of water. Each of Cooper’s expeditions, and subsequent artworks, have been informed by the artist’s embodied experiences as a dinghy sailor. Submerge considers the cultural value of water as a powerful, and at times consuming, lifeblood.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Edwina Cooper is an Adelaide based artist producing kinetic installation works. She completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at the Adelaide Central School of Art in 2015. In 2016, Edwina exhibited with Brunswick Street Gallery (Melbourne) in a group show, Four Walls. She was awarded the Adelaide Festival of Arts’ Destination Art: Emirates Artist Development Opportunity, enabling her to travel to Marseille in May/June 2016 to undertake a residency at Dos Mares – the outcomes were presented at FELTspace. In July 2017, Edwina undertook a residency with Ayatana in Canada to further research human relationships with water.
This activity is proudly supported by the Adelaide Central School of Art Graduate Support Program.