Joelle Cooperrider’s functional designs at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory became a reality when they were developed into part of the Curiosity Rover’s drill assembly. She’s since transitioned to an IT role, yet maintains her visual musings in her L.A.-based studio. Beckoned from Boise, Idaho, by the University Of Miami’s Fine Art & Physics programs, Copperrider never settled on one school of thought. A day in her artistic life might involve attracting & repelling acrylic paint over rigid birchwood panels using only the help of Sir Isaac Newton’s once laughable theory: Gravity. The multi-step process is not only complex, but time-consuming, taking anywhere from 8 hours to 8 days to dry each layer. The metallic tides and frozen whirlpools of color retain their textural beauty in the way a melting candle or oil slick refracting light does; Joelle-Cooperrider.com.
Inspired by visionary artist Antuan Rodriguez’s Water Codes collection, this editorial invites you to immerse yourself in a world where the human body forms a profound connection with our most precious element. Through this fusion, we celebrate the essence of life itself.
The holiday spirit was alive and well in Miami as festive events, private soirees and community cheer spread throughout the urban core and beyond.