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The Flowers

Murdoch Books

The Flowers


Dr Lisa Cooper’s The Flowers gives us the opportunity to peer into the practices and vistas of someone who works with flowers daily as a leading floral designer and artist.

Through anecdote, gentle instruction and photographic essays, the reader will be taken from Cooper’s studio workspace to the growers’ farms – the pictorial documentation of the flower growers captures the subjects portraitised within their ‘natural’ working environment, surrounded by a landscape of roses, knee-deep in camellias – and then on to The Flowers displayed and arranged in the vase.

For Cooper, there is no higher medium for the expression of human emotion than flowers, and her presentation of 17 floral designs also constitutes a collection of stories from her own personal ‘garden of live flowers’: the people – family, friends, growers, artists, gardeners and florists – who have influenced and inspired her.

About the Author
Lisa Cooper is a Sydney-based artist and florist with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Fine Art from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. Cooper’s work with flowers through her commercial flower business DOCTOR COOPER STUDIO encompasses floral installations and hand-delivered flower gestures, as well as sculpture and videos. Lisa’s clients include The Australian Ballet, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the National Gallery of Australia and the Sydney Theatre Company, Club 21, Manuscript, Westfield, Toni Maticevski, Tiffany & Co. and Deutsche Bank.

The Mint’s first resident artist
Sydney Living Museums is thrilled to announce our new partnership with artist, florist, writer and doctor of philosophy in fine art, Dr Lisa Cooper.

During her residency at The Mint, Dr Cooper will produce floral installations and artworks inspired by her research and creative response to our properties and collection. Once our properties are reopened, the public is invited to keep an eye out for Lisa Cooper’s floral activations at The Mint.

Lisa Cooper
Published November 2015
256 pages
275mm x 210mm
ISBN 9781743363218

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