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Jess Riva Cooper, Canadian ceramist born in 1981, draws inspiration from ancient techniques to create striking works. The initial moulding, her self-portrait, is denatured, stripped of its markers and invaded by a luxuriant and invasive flora. These busts express a transition of state where life and death come together. Humanity becomes naturalized, the individual disappears in favour of a new form of life.

Jess Riva Cooper


2024 NCECA, Richmond, Virginia

2024 Collect Art Fair, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London

2023 Twenty Art Fair, Art22 Gallery, Brussels

2023 Antica, Art22 Gallery, Namur

2021 "The Face", Art22 Gallery, Brussels
2020 CeramATTACK III, Duane Reed Gallery, St Louis, USA
2020 Winter Show, Art22 Gallery, Brussels
2019 Summer Show, Art22 Gallery, Brussels
2018 Every Thread that binds you, Fentster Gallery, Toronto
2018 Art22 Gallery, Brussels
2017 Viral Solo Show, Gallery House, Toronto
2017 The Evocative Garden, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland
2016 Spring Show, Art22 Gallery, Brussels
2015 Serotiny, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario
2015 A Celebration, Arcadia Contemporary, New York
2015 Winter Show, Art22 Gallery, Brussels
2015 OFF Art Fair, Art22 Gallery, Brussels
2015 NCECA, Providence, Rhode Island
2014 New Space, New Art, Art22 Gallery, Brussels
2014 Souvenirs from the Future : A survey of contemporary ceramics, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, Kansas
2014 4th Annual RBC Emerging Artist, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto
2014 The Wassai Project Summer Exhibition, Wassaic, New York
2014 Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago
2013 Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon
2013 George R Brown Convention Center, Houston
2013 18 Hands Gallery, Houston
2012 Wingate Scholar, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
2012 Kolva Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA
2012 Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
2012 Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, Oregon
2011 Public Art Grant, Medicine Hat, AB
2011 Visual Artists, Emerging grant, Ontario Arts Council
2011 Katherine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto
2011 Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago
2011 Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Artist-in-Residence, Kniznick Gallery, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2011 Women's Caucus for Art, New Century Artists Gallery, NYC
2011 University Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
2010 Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
2010 Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI
2009 Sol Koffler Gallery, RISD, Providence, RI
2009 Gelman Student Gallery, Chase Center, RISD, Providence, RI
2008 Petroff Gallery South, Toronto
2008 Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
2007 Petroff Gallery, Toronto
2007 Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto
2007 Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto
2007 Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
2007 Distill Gallery, Toronto

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