Artistic Abstraction: Installations are Like Doodles in 3D

Using ordinary objects like felt, Velcro, map pins, foam core, and pipe cleaners, Diana Cooper creates large-scale installation art that is somewhat difficult to define.

The wall-size and room-size installations are a combination of sculpture, drawing, painting, and clever positioning. The result is art pieces that seem to defy explanation but that evoke a sense of wonder.

Even if you can’t say exactly why, the installations seem to convey a sense of unbridled joy and passion. The semi-ordered shapes, bright colors and energetic arrangements are like a grown-up 3D versions of a child’s abstract doodles.

Yet there is something undeniably sophisticated and almost architectural about the way these elements interact with the viewer and with the space they occupy. The installations perhaps defy definition, but that leaves viewers free to form their own personal associations with the tableaux of ordinary objects.

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