Artist Statement

Materials are the cornerstone of Mary Cooke's process based sculptures, the handwork, the repetition/meditate nature of her process allows her to keep pulling more things in. Drama, pain, love, memory, experiences, isolation and loss are the intimacies examined and an evolving truth revealed. 

Cooke’s ability to reevaluate her own experiences in a deeper context, comes alive in the presence of the audience, convinces by introducing an inner dialogue."I want to be very intimate and human". Art can do this as we humans have the same inner experience the anthropological universal that features in all cultures, societies, languages, behaviors and psyche, known as the human condition.

“There are quiet/quick moments in the studio where you can’t articulate what you are trying to address or don’t even know what you are trying to address, I just do it”. Haroon Mirza

 Cooke has been invited to show work at Venice Biennale 2018.



Education

04           MFA Visual Arts.  Bennington College, Vermont, USA

01           BA(hons) Fine Art Sculpture.   Winchester School of Art, Hampshire, Uk


Solo Shows

17           St. Peter's, Cork City

15           Stradbally Art house, Laois.

15           Doneraile Park, Cork. Public Art

13           Signal Art Centre, Bray, Wicklow.

13           Aras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, Mayo  

12           Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny

11           To Whom it May Concern. Camden Palace, Cork.

10           Threads, Outlaw Studios & Gallery, Cork.

09           Lab life time learning, Cork City. Audio installation.

08           Flight into Fantasy, Athy Library, Co. Kildare. 

05          SAW (Salem Art Works) Upstate New York. USA.  Site-specific installation.

Group Shows

17           Carnegie Arts Centre, Kenmare

17           Mill Cove Gallery, West Cork

15           HUE. Hive emerging, Waterford

15           ForM. Bangor Castle walled garden, Down

14           Trash Culture, Vision Centre, Cork

14           Mart.ie Blue Moon, Dublin

11           Art Trail in the Elysian, Cork City

11          Outlaw Studios, Cork City

11           On the threshold hold of everything, inside and out. Tactic, Cork. 

11           Clyne Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin.

10           The Gallows, Art in Production, Old Ford assembly line. Cork.

09           Outlaw Studios, Cork City. 

09           Landfill Art Project, Pennsylvania. USA.  International Group Show

09           The Vagina Monologues, Cork City and hinterland. Performance

08           Sculpture for New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.  International Group Show

08           North Bennington Sculpture Park, Vermont. USA. 

08           Generation 6,  A.I.R Gallery, Chelsea. New York City, USA. 

07           SAW (Salem Art Works), Upstate New York. USA. 

07           North Bennington Sculpture Park, Vermont, USA. 

07           Green Mountain Girls Show.  Art at 196 N. Main St., Salem, Upstate New                   York. USA. 

06           SAW (Salem Art Works), Upstate New York. USA.

06           70 Beekman Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Upstate New York. USA

06          North Bennington Sculpture Park, Vermont, USA.

 Collaborations

15         Irish Composers' Collective, Silk with Maria Minguella, Terry Dineen and myself, a multi-media installation and performance funded by the Art Council.

Awards

Culture Ireland Grant 2018

Individual Artists Bursary Award 2014 awarded by Cork City Council.

Cork County Council culture night commission 2015 

 Other Awards

Artist-in-Studio 2017 & 2018 jointly by NSF & Cork Arts Support

Collections

Cork County Council
Laois County Council 

Private collections USA, England, Ireland

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