Tara Cooper works in a range of mediums from print, photography and video to installation and book arts. Her teaching experience encompasses time-based media (video, sound, animation), all print-related media (lithography, serigraphy, relief, intaglio, book arts and digital imaging), as well as contemporary art issues and theory. As an educator, she has worked with the following institutions: OCAD University, Sheridan College, the Canadian Art Foundation and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Currently, she works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo.
Employing the strategies of creative non-fiction, Cooper’s research combines fieldwork and footwork. Her most recent study involves weather—the statistical forecast versus the personal encounter. This interest in fieldwork has led Cooper to participate in many national and international artist residencies. Highlights include: Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snow Mass Colorado, Landfall Trust in Brigus, Newfoundland, The Wassaic Project in Wassaic, New York, Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California, The Frans Masereel Center in Kasterlee Belgium and Malaspina in Vancouver, British, Columbia. Her exhibition record spans more than a decade and includes local, national and international venues (Pearson International Airport, Nuit Blanche 2010, Toronto, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, N.J., Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts, San Francisco and Atelier Limited, Munster, Germany). She is also a member of Open Studio and the Toronto artist collective Loop. Cooper’s strengths reside in her commitment to interdisciplinarity with a strong belief in collaboration as a working model.