Adesina Cooper is an artist/entrepreneur with an amazing talent making ceramic sculptures and pieces. Earlier this year she was invited to Philadelphia to showcase her art at the Carnegie Braddock Library in Pittsburgh. Now, Cooper has been given the opportunity for her friends and family to see her art closer to where she grew up.
“Other people are seeing my art but my community and my family, no one really gets to see it. This is exciting,” says Cooper.
Through her company Adesina.co, she sells art and candles which aim to reflect understanding and peace within one’s self. Her art will be showcased from Sep. 8 until Oct. 28th at the Sola Art Gallery located at 3718 Slauson Ave, Los Angeles 900043.
This weekend Cooper helped lead a ceramic class that was free to the public. Community members were able to stop by and learn how to craft ceramic pieces. They can pick the pieces up at a later date after they have been kilned.
“This is such a good location, we are right on Slauson. There is not a lot of art galleries typically in these types of neighborhoods. A lot of people will walk past because it is unfamiliar. We felt this event was a good way to bring people in here,” Cooper expressed.
She relayed that she enjoys doing workshops because of the community engagement.
In between showcasing her art Cooper is also applying for Destination Crenshaw, an art project that is calling local artist to submit their work for a chance to celebrate art in the “heart of Black LA.”
“Destination Crenshaw will be a public art and culture experience celebrating Black LA. This 1.1 mile long, open-air museum will run along Crenshaw Blvd at the new Crenshaw/LAX Line in Hyde Park. Destination Crenshaw will be built for, by, and in honor of Black Los Angeles, and highlight the unique contributions of African Americans to life in Los Angeles. Not only will the new rail line bring Angelenos to the Crenshaw area, Destination Crenshaw will be the gateway to the City of Los Angeles for riders from across the globe. Transporting visitors from LAX, the first stop in Los Angeles will be on Crenshaw Blvd in the heart of Black LA, giving everyone the opportunity to visit, experience, celebrate, and learn about the neighborhood and community,” (Destination Crenshaw Website).
“With my art, I want to be able to hold the culture for a moment in that space.”
Follow Cooper on Social Media @Adesin.a