all images by laura cooperman, from paper cuttings.
i think laura cooperman‘s work is extraordinary. i love paper-based art practice (as i may have mentioned before) but cooperman’s work gets one better, combining hyper-delicate paper structures with cogs and moving parts.
i love mechanical things in general, but the use of grimy masculine clockwork and gear chains, alongside diaphanous architectural-type buildings is, i think, brilliant. it’s a little bit steampunk in feel, and though the white offsets the connection with modern starkness, i can’t help getting a feeling remeniscent of the response i had when watching the mysterious geographic explorations of jasper morello, with its shadow-world of profile figures, and translucent machines.
in her bio cooperman cites a fascination with ’living space and its affects on the human psyche’, but i wonder whether the inclusion of mechanical apperati and real moving parts goes deeper than that, to explore the machinations – psychic and machine – that go on beneath a city and the spaces built for human beings to dwell in.