Local Artist Captures the Spiritual and Sacred Use of Pigments
ST LOUIS, MO/January 11, 2017 (STL.News) St. Louis is a city that’s big on the arts with many talented artists from different genres. Susan Drozda Cooper IS one of those talents. She is a rare mixture of storyteller, earth muse and purveyor of spirituality. Nature and folk lore inspire her. Influenced by both Aboriginal Art from Australia and the Indians of North America, she has captured the spiritual and sacred art of using pigments in her lifetime of work.
Many of her painting and drawing pigments are from the creek beds; mainly ochres and iron oxides ground into a powder, then mixed with glues, and sometimes wax, to give translucence to the colors.
Drozda Cooper says, “Things came thru me since I was four years old, I mean I loved stones, I would pick up anything and use it for drawing or sculpting or building. At that age I had a connection very early on, with nature.”
SHE can make almost anything and she does, but to this day, she believes that when she ‘tries’ to create, it is fruitless. It is not “up to her”, but up to “what comes through her,” that matters. You can’t put any of her work into any one particular category because she uses all types of different materials such as wood, paint, metal, etc. It’s the creating that is the main thing.
Her collection of close to 50 guardian spiritual masks is a perfect example of that. Each has a name and its own unique personality. She also has a fascination with Sanctuaries, as witnesses by all the fairy house’s that are sprinkled all around her yard, and the three little bear’s wood cabin she built. She even revamped a log cabin village at took her years to create out in Eureka and she named it Susietown.
Throughout the years, her artwork has been on display in numerous galleries, but these days, she creates closer to home. There’s not a corner or room in her home that doesn’t tell a story about one of her many creations. And for now, she just plans to keep listening to the spiritual messages that come her way, and keep on creating and surprising her fans and followers. To see some of Susan’s work, you can go to her website
Contributing Editor: Kara Savio
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