Please join us for the opening reception of Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington and Art This Way Art Crawl on Friday, September 20 from 5-9pm. Visit the Art This Way Art Crawl event page for tickets and more information.
By embodying forms in the likeness of whales, bison and elephants (animals that we keep our distance from because of their physical power and intimidating size), Cooper Pennington’s large-scale sculptures immediately trigger curiosity and wariness. Her ‘Beasts’ are, however, frequently soft and touchable, placed in precarious positions or engaged in a struggle with an opposing force, consequently probing the viewer’s capacity for empathy. The visceral materials by which Cooper Pennington constructs her work range from ceramic and steel to fur and wood. She uses her knowledge of human anatomy to anthropomorphize the beast - incorporating human signifiers that make the imagined creatures feel knowable.
Pictured: Melanie Cooper Pennington