Katie Cooper

Paintings, drawings, wall installations. Works on handmade paper and on canvas.
About Katie Cooper

Katie Cooper earned her BA in Colorado and her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has shown nationwide, most recently in the Arizona Biennial 2023, and received several grants and residencies. Cooper has maintained a studio in Tucson since 1990.

"I create paintings, drawings, and wall installations that explore an unseen reality behind the physical one. Using watercolor and ink on paper I make from shredded trash, I paint abstraction, physics illustrations, images of animals, and various other signs and symbols in small works. These are both self-contained pieces and elements of large wall installations made up of dozens, or even hundreds of such papers, some painted, some not, pinned to panels on a wall. My acrylic and oil paintings on canvas are more conventional, influenced by physical journeys I’ve made."

Katie Cooper
Preferred Pronouns: she, her
"Alternate Physics" wall installation
Alternate Physics

6 foot x 11 foot wall installation, on view through April in Studio 7. Handmade papers, watercolor, India ink, gold embroidery thread, pins, on foamboard panels.

Untitled Paper 14
Untitled Paper 14

9.5″ x 9.5″ watercolor and ink on handmade paper. Available for purchase. An example of the small paintings that often become parts of wall installations.

Origin Road
Origin Road
20"x16" oil and acrylic on canvas. Available for purchase. From the Road series of paintings.

Open Studio Tour

About the Process

Finished paper. I turn junk mail, torn paper bags and other trash into pulp using a kitchen blender. I sort the pulp by color and mix it to get different shades. Larger 9x9 sheets become the “heart” of wall installations or are torn into smaller parts. I usually gesso (prime) the paper I will paint on later.
Work in progress, one of the Road series. This series references shifts in perception. I’m using up the last of my acrylics and alkyds on canvas paintings, as I move into more eco-friendly mediums.

How to Purchase

In person by cash, check or credit card. I’ll have Studio 7 at the Art and Design Center through April, and welcome visitors!

After April, please email or phone to arrange viewing, purchases and shipment.

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Studio Details

Studio: Art and Design Center, Studio 7
Studio Hours: Open Studio: Saturday, April 22 10-4; other times by appointment. (If door is locked on April 22, please text/call my studio, I'll let you in.)
How to Visit: Open to public, Open by appointment, Other
Studio Website: https://www.kcooperstudio.com/
Studio Phone: (520) 403-4042
Studio Address: 3776 E. Grant Rd. 
Tucson, AZ
, AZ
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