“The Interbeing Project, the Interface of Women and Nature” photo exhibit opens at TRAC Gallery June 24

Meeting at the Edge. Image courtesy of the Toe River Arts Council
Meeting at the Edge. Image courtesy of the Toe River Arts Council

From Toe River Arts:

Beginning Saturday, June 24 and continuing through August 5, the Burnsville TRAC Gallery will host an exhibit entitled, “The Interbeing Project, the Interface of Women and Nature,” featuring the photography of Bonnie Cooper. Twenty-one pieces, each depicting an image composed of a nude figure or figures, photographed in a studio and superimposed with a scene from nature. Each work expresses how the model most identifies and connects with the natural world. Cooper did not use professional models. She selected her subjects by invitation, seeking to capture the vulnerability and acceptance of those unaccustomed to being photographed. Each work is a collaborative with nature—inspired by the models and offering a text of introspection.

Immersion. Image courtesy of the Toe River Arts Council
Immersion. Image courtesy of the Toe River Arts Council

Cooper, an Asheville resident, draws on her 30-year experience as a practicing psychotherapist and 15 as a professional photographer to capture not only the images but the underlying meanings that emerge through the juxtapositioning of woman and the environment.

Most of my models have never posed nude before,” says Cooper. “It is this leap of faith, this vulnerability, which I sought to capture. The accompanying text reveals the model’s personal experience of her participation in the project, how she felt about her body, and her reflections on the final image.”

A reception is scheduled for Saturday, June 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., when Cooper will speak to her process, both perceptual and with the camera. The public is invited to come and share a glass of wine and conversation.

The Toe River Arts Council is a non-profit arts organization, serving Mitchell and Yancey counties since 1976. They are supported by individuals and other groups who understand the benefit of arts to a thriving community. For more information please call 828-682-7215 or visit the website, www.toeriverarts.org. For information about the cultural assets of this region, please visit www.toeriverarts.com.

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