Ashley Norwood Cooper: Interview

Ashley Norwood Cooper, Late Night Conversation, 2013, oil, 30 x 30 inches (court
Ashley Norwood Cooper, Late Night Conversation, 2013, oil, 30 x 30 inches (courtesy of the artist)

Chris Lowrance interviews painter Ashley Norwood Cooper about her work.

Cooper discusses her series of paintings made during her husband's deployment to Afghanistan. The paintings depict Cooper holding the iPad she used to talk to her husband each day: "...I started to realize that this electronic correspondence really was my experience of [his] deployment. ... So I began to paint the iPad in my hands, this one obsessive view, as if nothing else mattered. Then I began thinking about the screen and the painting surface and how they were alike and different. How the screen emits this cold light and how light in paintings is an illusion made with color and value. How the screen is slick and smooth and paint is messy and layered. I began to think that the iPad was to painting kind of like this long distance relationship was to having my husband with me in flesh and blood."