Chloe Cooper was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She grew up knitting and sewing small objects and dolls, always keeping her hands busy with new projects. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Textiles, focusing on knitting and material exploration. In 2015 she was part of the MIT Open Style lab fellowship, and currently lives and works in Portland.
Chloe Cooper’s knit and sewn sculptures act as organic abstractions of the human form- visceral and playful. These sculptures explore our perceptions of the body, dissolving reality, questioning the limitations of the self, and our physical boundaries. Her work highlights the malleability we have over our physical and mental self in her use of process and materials.
Rhode Island School of Design: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Textiles 2015
MIT Open Style Lab, Boston June-Aug, 2015
Open Signal/ RACC- Night Lights. Portland, 2017-2018 (upcoming)
2017- Soft/en, Splitprojects at CEI. Corvallis, August.
2017- MaterialKink, Leather Archives Museum. Chicago, June
2017- Children's Healing Art Project (Fundraiser), Portland, March
2017- PSA Group show and 10x10 Project, Ford Gallery. Portland, March.
2017- Nasty Women, Killjoy Collective. Portland, February.
2016- IMAGO 11th Annual Open Juried Exhibit- Mixed Media, Imago Gallery. Providence, September. Received award for Distinction.
2016- Nowhere Everywhere, Thompson Gallery. Massachusetts, April.
2015- As220 Cabinet of Curiosities, As220. Providence, August.
2015- A Review of 2-Dimensional Contemporary Art, The Art House, Chicago, June.
2015- Talking Textiles: The Dorothy Waxman Textile Design 2015 Exhibition, Manhattan, May.
2015- Textiles Senior Show, Woodsgerry Gallery,Providence, May.
2014- The Narrative Image, CityArts Gallery, Providence, January.
2012- The White Tie Show, RISD Expose,Providence
S/pl/it Projects, http://splitprojects.weebly.com/images1.html
The Art House, The 2-Dimensional Contemporary Art Exhibition, Exhibition write up
The Young and the Next, Avenire Magazine, Feature
Trend Tablet: Talking Textiles, Finalist
Design Boom, Feature
MANMADE, contemporary art about the relationship between mankind and earth, Hannibal. 2016
Education and Community Experience:
Art From The Heart, Albertina Kerr: Portland, 2017- present. Artist/ Direct Support Professional
Caldera: Portland 2017. Teaching Artist for fiber arts for weekend intensive at the Portland Art Museum..
New Avenues for Youth,: Portland. 2016- 2017. Artist Mentorship Program Volunteer
RISD Continuing Education: Providence, Spring/Fall 2014, 2015. Teaching Assistant
Hand Weavers Guild of America, Student Assistantship, Providence, Summer 2014. Student Assistantship.
CityArts- Visiting Artist/ AmeriCorps Program: Providence, Summer 2012- Fall 2014. Americorps member and teacher's assistant
Nike Portland, 2015- 2017. Material Designer I
koochi ku, Boston, May-Aug 2015. Production Knitter
RISD Textiles Department, Providence, 2013- 2015. Textiles and knitting monitor
James Viscardi, Brooklyn, Summer 2014. Artist Assistant
Lindsey Degen, Brooklyn, Summer 2014. Intern- production seaming/ knitting.
Le Studio Anthost. Brooklyn, Summer 2013. Intern- print/ surface treatment
American Museum of Natural History.. Manhattan, Summer 2013. Intern- Fabrications intern for exhibitions
Anthropologie. Chicago, Summer 2011. Intern- window/ store displays