GODESSES OF THE WORKPLACE
CLARE O'HARA - COOPER
FEBRUARY 7-16 2020
The exhibiton of large paintings titled Goddesses of the Workplace by Clare O’Hara – Cooper, represents a survey of the historical place of women in the workforce.
These works are informed by her own life experiences, both practical and political.
Clare O’Hara –Cooper explores the notion that women workers and women artists were once undervalued and not recognized in the typical representation of the worker/artist/provider.
Throughout her working life, Clare has continued her art practice and completed studies in the years 2000: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) University of Newcastle, 1998: Bachelor of Arts / Visual Arts Degree, University of Newcastle, 1994: Open Foundation, University of Newcastle and in 1993: Certificate in Painting - Newcastle TAFE (Distinction).
In this body of work O’Hara – Cooper says “I attempt to portray women in their work and lives, by doing so, showing the value of women.
“The work ethic and attitude of these women has shaped me as a person, as an artist and a feminist. Over the years I have admired their dedication, persistence and commitment to their beliefs. Their work has given them a real purpose for existence and this has moved me to reflect upon in this exhibition, the meaning of the work they do and of their lives. “
Clare O’Hara – Cooper has had numerous group exhibitions and a previous solo exhibition titled Different Landmarks at True Vision Gallery, Redhead, NSW
Goddesses of the Workplace is her first solo exhibition at ASW.
The exhibition Opening celebration is on Friday, February 7 from 6.30 pm and the exhibition continues until Sunday , February 16 at 4pm.