Angi Cooper has been sketching, painting, doodling, cutting, sewing, beading, gluing, crafting, crocheting, and collecting all manner of media, clip art, toys, junk, doodads, vintage books, scrap metal, papers, boxes, and the most wonderful kinds of ephemera since she was a small child. Remember the plastic Cinderella figure that came with the pink Cinderella watch? Yep, she still has it. The watch, however, got killed by the lawn mower one summer afternoon.
Angi earned a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and is a practicing multi media artist and teaching artist for regional art councils and performing art centers. She was also a volunteer educator and docent animal presenter for the Memphis Zoo for 8 years.
It is this love of animals and wildlife that informs much of her contemporary work. She loves to manipulate her various collections of media into collages, mixed media paintings and assemblages that include an emphasis on science, conservation, our presence in the world, and humor. Some works include original writings and narratives in the composition and occasionally, some pieces contain lights or moving parts.
“I love art and the art making process. And I love sharing this knowledge, inspiration, and skill with the viewer, whether it is a wall sized mural or a tiny 1 x 2” collage pendant hanging on a cord. For me, creating is a lifelong joy, a lifelong journey, and the perfect expression of my love for this planet.”
Her work is part of many private and public collections across the United States including: Kroger in Hernando, Mississippi; DeltaARTS in West Memphis, Arkansas; and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Year round Angi’s art and photo cards, collages, and paintings may be found at Bingham & Broad at 2563 Broad Avenue in Memphis. She also participates in solo and group exhibitions, the Memphis Arts Collective holiday artist market and other area art festivals like the V & E Artwalk and the East Buntyn Artwalk.