Over the River

Celeste Cooning's avatar Celeste Cooning

“For me nature is not a landscape, but the dynamism of visual forces.” Bridget Riley Inspired by Bridget Riley’s studio practice “to experience what looking feels like,” Celeste Cooning’s Over the River, involves a construction that solicits sensational responses through optical stimuli. The work integrates Cooning’s meticulous, hand-cut process with colorful serigraphy. Light becomes an active element as it plays with color optics and casts dappled shadow shapes. Geography, art history, and personal narrative inform this network of interwoven symbols. The pattern-based landscape is sourced from the kitchen wallpaper of Cooning’s grandmother, a space where the artist sat at the table, tirelessly drawing and coloring. Similarly to the ways in which our memories form, the imagery collects through accumulation, repetition, rhythm, and ritual. Memory, in turn, functions as an intangible medium that denotes form, color, movement, and sensations evoked by this immersive experience.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: variable
  • Medium: hand cut Tyvek
  • Width: 6-8ft
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: variable