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Invisible Landscapes

17 August - 28 August

17 – 28 August 2021

Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 11am to 3pm
admission: Free

her unruly approach to the precision of printmaking.

Like The Wind, drypoint etching, 56 x 40 cm

Self Portrait As Crested Pigeon, drypoint etching, 65 x 45 cm

Chair, drypoint etching

Invisible Landscapes is a series of new works by interdisciplinary artist Sal Cooper. They are an expression of Sal’s relationship with the world around her, and her ongoing search for a language to describe it.

Sal became interested some time ago in the aesthetic possibilities of drypoint etching and how she might expand her own vocabulary by practising it. These pieces are the result of her unruly approach to the precision of printmaking.

Sal Cooper is an interdisciplinary artist who has been practising for fifteen years with a focus on screen-based works. Her wide ranging cross-platform practice covers independent filmmaking, hand drawn and stop motion animation, installation and performative events.

Her work utilises an observational language that gives expression to deliberate misunderstandings, absurd irregularities and comic abstractions. She employs complex and refined production techniques to project a lyrical depth and meaning onto objects and landscapes – fully exploring the imaginative possibilities of the ordinary world around us.

The integration of music within the context of moving image is a central part of her practice as can be seen in her ongoing collaboration with composer Kate Neal under the title Flight Risk. This collaboration has given rise to a body of commissioned material that includes major theatrical/performance works, concert pieces and music videos as well as work for cinematic settings.

Sal was co-artistic director of While You Sleep, a live theatrical performance piece for string quartet and visual media, which explored the boundaries between visual art and music and premiered in a sell out season at Arts House in November 2018. While You Sleep will commence national touring in 2021. Further works include The Commuter Variations, a work for solo piano and animation that was commissioned by The Melbourne Recital Centre, the award-winning theatrical music work Semaphore on which she was a key collaborator, and numerous short animated films including Song For a Comb which was a Tropfest finalist and won both Best Animation and Best Woman in Film Awards. As well as her engagement in large scale performative and collaborative events Sal exhibits regularly in solo and group shows.

In the course of Sal’s practise she has undertaken several public art projects and attended residencies in Australia and overseas. Her short films and experimental videos continue to be screened around the world.


17 August
28 August
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fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
03 9662 9966
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