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Success C r e at i v e
Joelle Cooperrider’s paintings live in a space
between Mathematics & Mixed-Media known
as Poured Mark-Making. Her work has toured
Keystone Art Space, Rochester Contemporary
Art Center and recently — Mars.
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Joelle Cooperrider’s functional designs at NASA’s Jet Propulsion
Laboratory became a reality when they were developed into part
of the Curiosity Rover’s drill assembly. She’s since transitioned
to an IT role, yet maintains her visual musings in her L.A.-based
studio. Beckoned from Boise, Idaho, by the University Of Miami’s
Fine Art & Physics programs, Copperrider never settled on
one school of thought. A day in her artistic life might involve
attracting & repelling acrylic paint over rigid birchwood panels
using only the help of Sir Isaac Newton’s once laughable theory:
Gravity. The multi-step process is not only complex, but time-
consuming, taking anywhere from 8 hours to 8 days to dry each
layer. The metallic tides and frozen whirlpools of color retain their
textural beauty in the way a melting candle or oil slick refracting
light does; Joelle-Cooperrider.com.