Drawn to what she considers the “misunderstood” animal, much of Coppers work centers around burros and bats. “As a pack animal, the burro has been the backbone in building most civilizations. By carrying loads greater than themselves, they made moving, building and creating possible. They’re amazing yet we’ve reduced them to a stereotype. The bats pollination efforts are responsible for most of the fruit we eat today. They help control the bug population. In return, we’re rapidly destroying their natural habitats and have branded them all as rabies carriers. We owe these animals our thanks and respect.” Copper approaches her subjects from all angles, playing on them both as animals, as well as morphing them with human figures. She is constantly pushing the barrier between animal and human.
In 2011 Copper moved to Thailand and became a full-time artist. Her body of work continues to grow and can be found in galleries in the US, China and Taiwan. Modest about her accomplishments, Copper claims most days feel no different from the first. “Things still fall apart, the clay is always too soft, and I have no room in my fridge for food! But I wouldn’t change my journey for anything.”
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