Sue Cooke

The Paradise Project

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For the past 4 years I have been creating a 3D environment that enables you, the viewer, to be surrounded by the wonder and awe that is Antarctica. This project builds on my large scale works of 1987 and 1988 by expanding the concept of the immersive landscape. 'The Paradise Project' will be a 9 by 5 meter by 3 meter high re creation of an Antarctic hut that when entered will surround the viewer with a 360 degree painted Antarctic land and seascape, including sea and sky.

'The Paradise Project' will be exhibited at the Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui from 27th April to 11th August, 2013.

Many NZ artists have responded to the subject of Antarctica. My response is a unique addition, addressing the monumental scale of the landscape.

The pristine Antarctic environment is key to planet earth's well being. The artwork will be used as a catalyst to educate people about global warming, waste minimisation, care of the oceans and waterways and sustainable living.  The Sarjeant Gallery will be hosting an intensive education programme for children through its Learning Outside the Classroom programme and informative forums for adults that will focus on actions towards sustainable living that can be taken at a grass roots level.

The Antarctic works are well placed within my oeuvre. They build on previous works dealing with the  panoramic format, scale, 3  dimensions, and extending and resolving technical challenges within both the mediums of printmaking and painting.

I am excited! Completion will result in a deep sense of an idea expressed well. I envisage this project will act as a catalyst for my creative well being that will enable me to continue developing large scale works.

This project will attract serious critical comment  which will be beneficial to my professional development. In the past large projects, have led to commissions, sales to public galleries and an increase in dealer gallery sales.

Sue Cooke

Sarjeant Gallery

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  • The Paradise Project

    52 MONTHS AGO

    Thank you so much to my new mystery donor. Every donation is greatly appreciated. All funds go towards  the costs of materials for the construction of this not for profit venture. The children visiting The Paradise Project's education programme have been having classes inside the hut, and loving being in a different world! I'm told they are also loving skidding around in the socks that are provided to keep the white floor pristine!

    With only 5 days to go with the Boosted fundraiser I urge you all to tell friends and family about The Paradise Project! Spread the word!  

  • The Paradise Project

    52 MONTHS AGO

    Thank you so much to my new mystery donor. Every donation is greatly appreciated. All funds go towards  the costs of materials for the construction of this not for profit venture. The children visiting The Paradise Project's education programme have been having classes inside the hut, and loving being in a different world! I'm told they are also loving skidding around in the socks that are provided to keep the white floor pristine!

    With only 5 days to go with the Boosted fundraiser I urge you all to tell friends and family about The Paradise Project! Spread the word!  

  • The Paradise Project

    52 MONTHS AGO

    Guests at the opening exploring the Antarctic environment of The Paradise Project'

    The Paradise Project
  • The Paradise Project

    52 MONTHS AGO

    Green Mayor, Annette Main, is cutting the ribbon at the door of The Paradise Project with artist, Sue Cooke 

    The Paradise Project
  • The Paradise Project

    52 MONTHS AGO

    THE PARADISE PROJECT IS OPEN!!!!! It was completed at midday on Saturday 27th and opened at 5.30! There was a great crowd at the opening and the artist talk the following morning. Thank you to all those that attended for your support and positive feedback. To all those who put in your apologies I hope you are able to experience it soon. If I might say so myself it is lovely. Visit the following links for pics of the artwork and talk.

    www.sarjeantgallery.tumblr.com/post/48876942120/cool-calm-and-completely-riveting-art-painting

    www.sarjeantgallery.tumblr.com/post/49045434172/artist-sue-cooke-and-curator-greg-donson-talking

    Opening photos are still to come!

  • The Paradise Project

    52 MONTHS AGO

    Unveiled the floor today! Looking Great! visit https://thedowse.wordpress.com/2013/04/24install-week/ for some pics!

  • The Paradise Project

    52 MONTHS AGO

    There is so much happening I'm not sure where to start. The lighting was installed today and looks great but I need to do a bit of a survey and check that it is not too bright ,for visitors, with reflection from all the white! The protective floor panels are being lifted first thing tomorrow morning and so for the first time I will see the project in it's entirety. So far I am very pleased with it but it will be exciting to see it for the first time! The door was hung today so we now have a 360 degree panorama on the inside. There are still alot of touch ups and filling to be done in order to get a pristine finish. Michelangelo neck is proving to be a problem with the ceiling work! I have had alot of good feedback about the Arts on Sunday interview. It can be heard via the internet at www.radionz.co.nz.  Many Thanks to both Lynn Freeman and Simon Morris! Only 4 more days before opening!

  • All Welcome!

    52 MONTHS AGO

    Sue Cooke will be giving an artist talk about the Paradise Project at the Sarjeant Gallery on Sunday 28 April at 11am.

    Sue will discuss her new installation in conversation with Sarjeant Gallery Curator and Public Programme Manager, Greg Donson.

    www.sarjeant.org.nz

    All Welcome!
  • The Paradise Project

    53 MONTHS AGO

    Thank You to both Art Associates for being my premiere donor and to Helen Craig for her untiring support of the arts. Your donations are much appreciated. 

  • The Paradise Project

    53 MONTHS AGO

    Thank you so much Thierry for the huge boost you have given The Paradise Project! I hope you are enjoying seeing the recreation, unfold, of our experiences on the Polar Pioneer in December 2006. It was such a magical experience!

    This afternoon Sunday 21st April at 2.53pm, New Zealand time, Radio New Zealand's Arts on Sunday programme will be broadcasting an interview with me about The Paradise Project. The URL is currently www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/artsonsunday/20130421 If you miss it I understand that you can listen via their website at a later date.

    The ceiling panels have been installed with a few mishaps but nothing that can't be fixed with white paint. Trevor has begun working on the door and the rough plywood exterior this weekend. We are now on the countdown with only 6 days to go before opening!   

  • The Paradise Project

    53 MONTHS AGO

    The ceiling has begun to go on the hut although there is still some work to do on the walls. Trevor tells me they have put in 2,500 screws to date! That's alot of screws I need to find the money for! PLEASE DONATE! 

  • The Paradise Project

    53 MONTHS AGO

    Thank you so much to both Simon Bowden and Sarah Maxey for your recent donations. I hope you are both able to make it to the opening on 27th April. I feel as if I am currently running the artistic equivalent of a marathon. I drag myself out of bed tired every morning and ache all over from moving panels but with the deadline looming and a builder who is only one step ahead of me I need to keep going!

  • A video of production

    53 MONTHS AGO

    We have been in the studio - Watch our video!

  • The Paradise Project

    53 MONTHS AGO

    Day 2 of the installation. Trevor and Bruce were at the studio at 8am to collect the floor panels, they have now all been placed in position. Just 2 or 3 panels need a few millimeteres to be planed otherwise 11 panels are almost a perfect fit! Once the floor is in place the back wall will be built and put in place. I need to go back into the studio at 8.30pm tonight to apply the matt picture varnish to the back wall. Still a long way to go with the Boosted fundraising! if I don't meet my target I'll be spending the next few months making fudge and selling it at the market!

  • Sunday Star Times

    53 MONTHS AGO

    Nice to find these photos in the Sunday Star Times. The Boosted Launch was a great day. I enjoyed the chance to catch up with old friends and meet new and interesting people. The studio is looking very white with all the floor panels propped up and in the process of being sprayed with matt picture varnish. The odd patches of colour are very pleasing and are reminiscent of Helen Frankenthaler and Claude Monet.

    Sunday Star Times
  • In the studio

    53 MONTHS AGO

    I've been back at work today sanding and applying primer and textured paint after a well earned break yesterday. Prior to that I had worked for nine days straight. With the installation beginning on the 9th April, the pressure is on to have all the painting complete. To have all the ceiling panels complete and all the floor panels coated with protective matt picture varnish is this week's target. Just heading back to the studio now for one more coat so it can dry overnight!

  • The Paradise Project

    53 MONTHS AGO

    The ceiling panels are progressing according to plan, I spent 6 hours in the studio yesterday sanding and priming 5 panels (6 more to go) . This afternoon I will apply one coat of textured paint to the 5 panels and one more tomorrow morning- then the colour!!That's the part I enjoy!

  • Thank You!

    53 MONTHS AGO

    Thank you so much to my premier donor! $20 is a great start! The Wanganui Chronicle have written a very positive article, Tuesday 26th, about the launch of BOOSTED and The Paradise Project visit www.wanganuichronicle.co.nz/news/artist-turns-to-crowd-to-fund-her-paradise/1806110 for the full article and photo. To update everybody following this project I am just about to apply the last coat of paint to the last three floor panels and have the 11 ceiling panels being delivered 9am Thursday. I'll be busy painting all Easter!

Sue Cooke

Sue Cooke (born Sydney 1960) is a painter and printmaker living and working in Whanganui. Cooke's career spans 28 years, highlights include Tylee Cottage Artist in Residence and large commissions for The Park Royal Hotel,Christchurch and The City Life Hotel, Auckland.

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