Tremenheere Grdns: Jessica Cooper Exhibition
Inspired in childhood by her father’s passion for plants, Jessica Cooper makes work which explores the vitality of natural forms - their shape, line, colour, and endless potential for seasonal change. In this exhibition, her work responds to the spectacular collection of subtropical plants at the sculpture gardens, which originate from all around the world. Together, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens founder Neil Armstrong and artist Jessica devised an exhibition concept that would bring together strands of this story of international exchange, in which a multitude of beautiful plant species from distant lands are grown in West Cornwall, where they thrive, and in turn inspire artists to make and exhibit new work in the garden’s unique setting.
Central to this exhibition are a limited edition of wool rugs, handmade to Jessica’s designs using dyes from South American plants, by a specialist weaver Neil befriended on a botanical research trip to rural Mexico. The exhibition also includes a series of new paintings and framed drawings, alongside the sketches which inspired this collaborative collection of handmade rugs. Jessica Cooper will be resident at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens throughout April, creating new work for a future exhibition.
See Jessica Cooper at Tremenheere Gallery from 29 March to 29 April 2018, at Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, nr Gulval, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 | See www.tremenheere.co.uk and www. jessicacooper.co.uk for further information.
Images on Listing by Steve Tanner