Artist Statement

As a long standing resident of this mountain community of Canmore, outdoor spaces are exceedingly important to me. The subjects I choose to depict in my art are thus largely mined from this natural world. My current art work is also greatly influenced by my affinity for textiles. The drawing based works of art are painterly in the application of material however conceptually I am interested in weaving elements of our natural world together within a composition. The weave with its ins and outs, ups and downs is a metaphor of life. The weaving together of different elements of life allows me to introduce a dialogue of relationships. My work thus extends beyond the immediate visual representation of a subject, to conceptual ideas of how our world interconnects.

 

Kathryn Cooke, Biography

Kathryn Cooke is a multifaceted artist who works concurrently as a pediatrician in Canmore, Alberta, a therapeutic arts facilitator, and an emerging artist. Pursuing her love for fine arts, Kathryn attended the Alberta College of Art and Design from 2010-2014. She graduated with her BFA in 2014, earning the Governor General Award for highest academic standing of the graduating class. Kathryn graduated from the drawing department but her work became consistently more sculptural and utilized a variety of materials to activate the environment. Following graduation, Kathryn participated in a number of public art projects that focused on the use of natural elements in the outdoors as well as movement through the sphere of the public realm. Kathryn completed an 8 month artist in residency at Silver Tree Studio in Canmore ( Jan -Oct 2016) and her work can be viewed and purchased at that location in addition to her own studio. She also participated in an artist residency at Num Ti Jah Lodge (Oct 2016) which was critical in helping her explore subject matter that is depicted in much of her drawing based works. Most recently she has completed a self-directed artist residency in Western Australia, studying Australian aboriginal art as well as viewing the parallels between a First Nations people’s and Post Colonialists.