Week 12: Artist Interview – Timothy Cooper

This week’s artist was Timothy Cooper and his piece “Something that means Something.” He says “These plates carry a resonance that all objects did at one time serve a practical, personal, or communal need,” and I believe this to be very true. In a very simplistic view, these plates served every person’s needs when they were hungry. The first thing I thought of, when I saw this piece, was lots of food on each plate. The reason for this is that I love food. It is interesting because although they are just plates, being in an organized structure and set up in this way makes it art. Art can be made from every day necessities such as these plates and this was Cooper’s goal with this piece I believe. I enjoyed looking at this piece and the lighting in the room certainly did much more good for the piece than bad.


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