We had the good fortune of connecting with Cathy Cooper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cathy, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
Years ago, I was introduced OBLIQUE STRATEGIES. A set of cards created by Brian Eno and and Michael Schmidt, both great artists and thinkers. Each card in the deck has a thought, a direction. Specific and non-specific. A tool to open and move the creative process forward. The very first card that I ever pulled stuck with me: Listen To The Quiet Voice. Decades later, that direction remains with me. Cutting through the noise of doubt. Editing chaos. Discovering the joy of a simple, concise image and feeling. Existence is not as complicated as we make it. And we each make our place on this earth. To me, that is clear. https://www.enoshop.co.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Bottom line, I’m an artist. I’m in it for the long haul. I have always worked to reveal the interior of my being and make it tangible to the outside world. That takes daily practice. A commitment that I made long ago that has carried me through every challenge in my life. Commitment is the template for the clarity in my work. The fusing between who I am as a person and what I make.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Here’s my ‘Los Angeles List of Great Shit To Do’, not in any specific order: Watts Towers on a sunny day just after the rain. My favorite taco truck, Los Originales Tacos Arabes de Puebla, in Boyle Heights off Olympic Blvd. Standing at the highest point in Elysian Park to view the city. Grabbing strawberry ice cream at Van Leeuwen in DTLA. Walking around the Hauser and Wirth complex. Art and Chickens, what’s not to love? A bike ride across the USC campus, making sure to stop by the rose garden in Exposition Park. A visit to the Velaslavasay Panorama to grab a cup of tea in the back garden. A visit to the Museum of Jurassic Technology to get your mind blown.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mother, Georgie Blanton Finlay Cooper. A great teacher, writer and pianist. About her, in a quote from one of her students: ‘Mrs. Cooper’s lasting lesson to me was that our world is much stranger, mysterious and more beautiful than we can possibly imagine and that its genius is accessible to everyone.’
Costume sculpture Pix: Danny Gonzalez