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Carol Pepper-Cooper

IdeaI grew up in Manhattan within walking distance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The work I saw there as a child which most directly spoke to me was that by Van Gogh, Gaughin and Rembrandt. The rhythms and emotional intensity of Van Gogh are still reflected in my own work, as are the forms and color of Gaughin. I would like to think that the humane spirit of Rembrandt also exists in my art. At Radcliffe College, from which I received a degree in English, I studied with T. Lux Feininger and first encountered the Bauhaus School of Art. Summers at the Arts Students League and Skowhegan School of Art and two years of studying drawing at the University of Illinois prepared me for the MFA program at Pratt Institute where I was introduced to Abstract Expressionism and to Hans Hofmann's concept of space and the push-pull of the colors which create it. All my work, whether representational or non-objective, is informed by that concept.


My works are meditations on what it feels to flow in and out of dreams. Ever since I was a young woman I was fascinated by the flow of energy in nature and now, growing older, I sense that energy as a function of time, transforming us all. That world of energy is what I try to present, primarily by manipulating color, augmented by small marks, to produce a visually ambiguous space. My aim is to draw the viewer into the mystery of what is felt -- but not seen.