Helena Cooper, visual artist
Helena Cooper was born in Brazil, where she lived until the age of 25. She grew up in a family of artists, surrounded by sculptors and painters, designers, jewelers, and photographers from an early age. She studied painting at the Escola Brasil Dois Pontos, the prestigious art institute of Brazil which has launched many of the country's greatest contemporary artists, including Fajardo, Bavarelli, and Rezende. In 1982, Helena married and moved with her American husband to Ithaca, NY, where she raised two children and continues to work in her studio, finding unlimited inspiration in the bucolic beauty of the local landscape.
Her photography has recently been shown at Damiani Winery, Tompkins County Airport, Rasa Spa, and Madeline's Restaurant. Since 1975, I have been a full-time artist.
I see my work as a process through which inner landscape becomes mirrored on the canvas. True to my Brazilian heritage, I am drawn to deep, bold, earthy colors, sensual textures, and strong, rhythmic forms. Drawing upon mythical, archetypal dimensions of consciousness, my art connects viewers to their dreams and intuitions, but also to the realms of primitive, instinctual consciousness that lie beneath the surface strata of the conscious mind. One viewer comments, "I am quickened by a sense of aliveness that is raw, vibrant and exciting. One is transformed by the sheer authenticity of [your art]."
I've always loved walking in nature. At some point, I bought a digital camera. I started looking, seeing, noticing, and perceiving nature as art: The way the interplay of light and water creates shapes, the dance of light on water, the translucent sky, the fluid, ever-shifting mystery of water itself. When I take a picture, I experience a moment of true communion with nature which, through the photograph, is transmitted to the viewer.