work / SUSIE COOPER PAINTINGS 1995
'The Susie Cooper paintings from 1995 were the first works that used found forms as direct reference material. Cooper designed the five cups in the late 1960's as a response to her visit to Carnaby Street in London. I found the first cup in a junk shop along the New England Highway in 1994. Over the next ten months I sourced the other four cups from the set. Two from Sydney and one each from London and New York. When I exhibited the series of five paintings at Tolarno Galleries in 1995 the corresponding cups were also exhibited in a small cabinet to the side. The cups provided tangible evidence to the viewer of my experience in the landscape; the research, the collecting, the documenting'. *
* excerpt from a recent interview with fellow artist Jake Walker. link here for full interview.
Deborah Hart, Senior Curator of Australian Art, National Gallery of Australia 'Finding Beauty in the Everyday' - Art and Australia Vol 39 #4 2002. Full essay link here