THE INTERBEING PROJECT
the Interface of Woman & Nature
JUNE 24 – AUGUST 5
reception : June 24
“The Interbeing Project, the Interface of Women and Nature,” features 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 in collaboration with nature—inspired by the models and offering a text of introspection.
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. 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 to 7pm, when Bonnie 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.