Caia Koopman’s solo exhibition ‘Figments’ opens at ArtHatch and Distinction Gallery on October 7, 2014. Caia’s work was featured in beautiful.bizarre issue 002 and we are very excited to announce her new show. ‘Figments’ showcases Caia’s new pop surrealist body of work which focuses on her love of the natural world… a fragile world with all its beauty and vulnerability threatened by ever increasing human population and diminishing natural habitats. Caia’s treatment of this topic, so dear to her heart, shows the strength and resilience of critically endangered species including wolves and owls, as well as their fragility in the face of human intervention. Lets not allow these incredible wild animals to become just “figments” of our imaginations!
“Caia Koopman is a preeminent pop surrealism artist who has been featured in prominent galleries from California to Canada and France. While attaining her BA in Fine Arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz, Caia was a skateboard enthusiast immersed in the punk rock scene of the ‘80s. She continues to live in Santa Cruz where the youthful vitality of a college town is an ever-present, pulsating force. Her professional career began by creating designs for skateboards and snowboards. Enchantingly beautiful female characters in her paintings are imbued with this fearless sense of defiance. As a second-generation conservationist, loving the environment and acutely aware that humanity is dangling our planet over a dangerous flame of pollution, nature is often woven into the haunting fabric of her images. Birds, flowers, plants, butterflies, animals and mythical creatures are interlaced with iconic symbols of love, mystery, soul searching and timeless values. Lurking throughout these visual fantasies are “Día de los Muertos” skulls, cute yet macabre reminders of the interlocking yin and yang of life and death.” ~ Distinction Gallery.
Caia Koopman: Figments
317 E Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025, USA
October 7th – November 1st, 2014
The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 6-10pm with Live Music and complimentary stone beer and wine. Caia will be in attendance to meet, greet, and answer questions. Local artists within the ArtHatch building will have their studios open to the public as well.