Autumn 2015

god love brigus at LOOP ART GALLERY

I am showing at Loop Gallery in Toronto from October 10th to November 1st. with Jenn Law. We are having a Q & A with refreshments on Sunday November 1st. Drop by and say hi! Here's the burb: Last summer, Tara Cooper participated in a residency at Landfall Trust in Brigus, Newfoundland. During a 3-week stay, she researched the history of the area and took note of the weather. She watched an iceberg slowly dissolve in the bay, learned about Captain Bob Bartlett, who was an arctic explorer that once brought a polar bear home to Brigus and met Ray, the caretaker of Landfall, who told stories about his grandfather – a whaler that lost his life in an explosion at sea. Made in collaboration with Terry O’Neill, “God Love Brigus” (a comment overheard by the town’s librarian) compiles these experiences into a floating raft that mixes sculpture, print, photography and text.


We wrapped up the show at Arprim in Montreal and had a delightful time rediscovering the city. What a wonderful place. Special thanks to gallerists Emmanuelle Choquette and Marie-Pier Bocquet! Here's a review of the show:!avoir-la-tete-dans-les-nuages/cix7



Terry and I are busy in the studio working on Based on a True Story Part II – our upcoming show at Arprim Gallery in Montreal. We're incorporating pieces from our residency last fall at Anderson Ranch and sewing new banners with french idioms related to weather. Here are a few work-in-progress shots.


Fall 2014

Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Terry and I are attending a 10-week residency at the wonderful Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Colorado. We are working on a storm-chasing kit with woodcuts and handmade weathervanes. So far there's lots of surprises... unexpected weather and wildlife. Our 10 day list of experiences includes a hail storm, snow, 80 degree temperatures, a blanket of fog, lots of cumulus clouds, a coyote on the golf course and bloody bear prints... plus Chi Chu the dog (he mostly hangs out in ceramics). 


Summer 2014

The Wassaic Project

My installation Based on a True Story is part of this year’s Wassaic Project and is on view now. The highlight is Wassaic’s 3-day arts festival, which is an extravaganza running from August 1st-3rd. Hundreds and hundreds of people travel to the tiny hamlet to take in dance, music, film, food, performance and this year’s featured exhibition, Seeing the Sky.  

Our piece, which is about storm chasing, tracking weather and chasing clouds is housed at the top of the mill, seven flights up. The installation is jam-packed and includes film, drawing, meteorological ephemera, sound, a lightning tower and a 20-foot hand-carved woodcut. There’s even a wind machine and a series of banners that advise viewers to “Know Which Way the Wind Blows” and to “Weather the Storm”. The piece took a month to install and was made in collaboration with my partner Terry O’Neill. It is without exception my most ambitious project.

The exhibition runs until September 1st and is open each weekend. Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for their support via an exhibition assistance grant. 

We are building a series of small-scale weather vanes. Here are the cardboard maquettes... next steps, plasma cutter, CNC router, welding and ceramics.

"Table Collages" from our Studio at Anderson Ranch. I also participated in an interesting questionnaire on the Ranch's blog –


We spent an amazing three weeks in July at Landfall in Brigus, Newfoundland, living off the grid in a 200-year-old cottage perched on the ocean. The residency is sponsored by The Rooms and the Landfall Trust.

Here are some of the collages I made during the residency. The plan is to develop these into a compendium called Brigus: Know Which Way the Wind Blows. It will include two sections: The Daily Report and The Historic Event. Brigus has two claims to fame. Captain Bob Bartlett who was an arctic explorer and sea caption in the early 1900's was born and raised in Brigus, and the famous illustrator Rockwell Kent, who lived at Landfall from 1914-1915.