“The broader life lesson I've learned through my ordeal is, staying true to yourself is always worth it.”
MJ Cooper uses her wisdom, experience, and experimentation to make moving, expressive works of art. Born and raised in Columbus, she loved going to museums as a child and practicing her creativity. However, creating art became essential to her well being when she became sick.
In 2018, MJ became ill with viral meningitis. Not only did she experience a chronic migraine for 9 months straight, but she lost her vision for 6 months as well. Additionally during this time, she experienced the loss of family members, adding another layer of grief. Being able to create helped her to cope with these losses and stay positive. “It helped me create something beautiful during all of the pain I was going through,” describes MJ.
Before and during creating, MJ meditates and listens to music to help her enter her desired mindset. Her style depends on the mental or emotional space she’s in. She has used a variety of techniques and tools, from pour painting to using paint thickener and a palate knife, as well as experimenting with round brushes, and sponges. She paints with acrylic mostly and has recently been creating oil paintings.
She is proud to have received a 2021 VSA Emerging Artist Excellence Award from The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and have her art exhibited in galleries in Milan, Spain and Luxembourg.
Le Galeriste- Based in Montreal Canada
Various abstract paintings were used to create dresses, face masks, athletic apparel, table cloths, and scarves. There are many color pallets to chose from.
Hidden Treasures Exhibition
Two abstract acrylic paintings were a part of an Exhibition at Monat Gallery in Madrid Spain.
The Kennedy Center VSA Emerging Young Artist Award of Excellence 2022
This national juried exhibition seeks artwork that demonstrates the excellence and important perspectives of artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, residing in the United States. Fifteen artists will share a total of $60,000 in awards, with a grand prize of $20,000. For winning artists, one of the submitted artworks will be selected for a national exhibition. Artists attend professional development activities provided by the Kennedy Center.
About the Program
The 2020-2021 program invited artists to consider the intersections and combinations of their creative process and disability identity. In art, the juxtaposition of ideas can blur distinctions or reveal something new. The exhibit theme, MERGE, explored uniting paths and asked what we can learn when it all comes together.
Luxembourg Art Fair
Luxembourg- The Box
This artist was represented by Monat gallery. Two abstract paintings were a part of the art show.
This exhibition took place during fashion week in Milan, Italy 2021. It was an international exhibition, DE.MO Lifestyle.
Art of Possibilities Art Show & Sale
urage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Art of Possibilities Art Show & Sale is one of only a handful of juried art shows in the world exclusively featuring artists with disabilities. Held every spring since 1963, the Art Show & Sale is a much anticipated event attracting hundreds of artists and thousands of visitors from Minnesota and around the world each year. The Art of Possibilities Art Show & Sale provides a forum for artists with disabilities to sell their work, promotes the talents of artists with disabilities, and creates a cherished and inclusive community event for people of all abilities.
GALLERY M & ART AGENTS
On-Line Art Gallery- Based in Sweden
This on-line gallery displays six of my acrylic abstract paintings on canvas.
Springfield Museum of Art
Earth has so many levels. There is grass, clay, and dirt with a variety of colors and textures.
Hansford and Sons Gallery- Emerging Artist
On-Line Platform- Based in London, England
Several of my abstract paintings on canvas.
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