The masked marvel
Michael Cooper creates sculptures and masks that seem to carry in them a sense of childlike wonder and humor, while also being a bit on the surreal side. His “Giant” mask, for instance, has exaggerated features, though the stretched-out chin is both funny and a little unsettlingly offbeat. In addition to his visual work, he puts on a unique one-man show. It's partly spoken word, part storytelling and part mime, but he makes use of his masks as well, and even has a little audience participation in the mix. His stories and performances combine mythical, fantasy elements, yet are autobiographical. He describes the whole experience as “moving sculpture.” Cooper has been at it for almost 30 years now, and continually strives to create a unique and vibrant show every time. It's touching, goofy, fun and a heartfelt emotional journey for people of all ages.