Tara Cooper On Sabbatical

By April 24, 2018Exhibitions

April 28 – May 20, 2018

Opening Reception: April 28, 2 – 5 PM

Artist Conversation: May 20,  3-4 PM

 

In Chasing the Perfect, Natalia Ilyin talks about going to grad school: how she imagined meditative walks in the woods and lots of time to think. But anyone who’s gone to grad school knows that this is not the case, that the reality has more commonalities with a marathon — something that pushes your physical and mental state.

Since January, I’ve been on sabbatical, and this show is a mash-up of what I’ve seen, done and thought. Being on sabbatical isn’t exactly a marathon, nor is it as fraught as grad school, but it’s also not the leisurely time imagined. There’s pressure to achieve, pressure to justify the privilege, and an overall undercurrent of urgency propelled by the knowledge that it will be years before the next one comes around.

On Sabbatical includes excerpts from an exhibition I had in January and one coming up this summer, drawings of an outdoor public artwork that will be installed this spring, the beginnings of a collaborative project with McGill University’s Redpath Museum (one of Canada’s oldest natural history museums), and some work I made on a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. It’s got a bit of the ‘what I did on my summer vacation’ vibe, but also offers a kind of behind-the-scenes look at the creative mess — the doubts, false starts and things that keep me going.