Venturing Into the Volta Vortex - Ashley Norwood Cooper Feature On HYPERALLERGIC

Maya Pontone , HYPERALLERGIC, May 19, 2023

Since her last appearance at Volta in 2020, Cooper’s art has not only shifted in scale but also in style and content, partially due to her COVID lockdown experience upstate. Full of frenetic energy, her paintings are amalgams of noise, texture, and color that often include allusions to poetry, climate change, and menopause.


I think my surfaces are richer,” Cooper said. “A lot of my paintings were domestic scenes. When I got trapped in upstate New York [during the pandemic,] I was hiking more, and doing more outside, and so the artwork kind of moved outdoors.