Jessica Cooper: .... but plastic is beautiful

8 Apr 2017 – 20 May 2017

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Free entry

Kestle Barton

England, United Kingdom


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Exhibition of new paintings and moving image by Cornwall based artist, Jessica Cooper inspired by the gardens and grounds at Kestle Barton.


'…what if it  were possible for a work to be conceived beyond the self, a work that allowed us to escape the limited perspective of the individual ego, not only in order to enter other similar selves but to give voice to that which cannot speak - the bird perched on the gutter, the tree in spring and the tree in autumn, stone, cement, plastic…' (Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium,1988)

At Kestle Barton we are very pleased that for our first exhibition in 2017 Jessica Cooper has made a new collection of paintings in which she has closely observed the plastic and other debris that has lodged itself into our gardens and meadow.

‘This show explores the things that at first glance we may miss’, explains Cooper, she continues: ‘the plastic waste and discarded material and the smaller weed and plant, both hidden and growing in the undiscovered corners are no less important than the obvious beauty and aesthetics of the architecture and flowers of Kestle Barton, these simple things continue to inspire me’.

It is rewarding for us to have artists spend time here, over several years in this case, reflecting and making artwork that responds to our place, which is dedicated to exploring art in a rural environment. This work expands the scale, scope and thematic development of Cooper’s previous work, while remaining true to the elegant, minimal style that she is known for.

In addition to the new paintings, Cooper has also created a video using footage taken alongside her preparatory sketchbook drawings during numerous site visits. The entirety of the show is part of the artist’s ongoing current investigation of the story of the ‘red thread of fate’.

Jessica Cooper is the first artist to produce prints for a special Kestle Barton limited edition print series, in collaboration with Simon Marsh, being launched this year.

There will be a public opening of the exhibition on 8 April from 2pm – 5pm with an Artist Talk at 3pm. All are welcome to attend.

Kestle Barton is open 10:30am -5pm Tuesday – Sunday. Closed Mondays but open Bank Holidays. Admission is free and light refreshments are available

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