Cooke’s work comes out of a curiosity for the world around her and an interest in the emotional and historical significance of sites and objects.
In her drawings and sculpture Cooke combines materials like wax, brass and clay, creating work that seems at once timid and bold, delicate and determined. Often there are detailed surfaces that simultaneously evoke fragility and resilience alongside an awareness of weight, touch and movement. It is through this relationship between material, idea and personal subjectivity that Cooke’s highly individual work is rooted.
Born in Ireland Cooke studied sculpture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin in the mid 1980’s. In 1993 Cooke moved to London to do a Masters at Goldsmiths College, London and in 2000 moved to Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. She has exhibited widely in the UK, Ireland and internationally. Solo shows include exhibitions at New Arts Centre, Roche Court, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Henry Moore Institute in Leeds and PS1 in New York.