Helen Maurene Cooper


Helen Maurene Cooper is a multidisciplinary social practice based artist who uses photography as her primary form of communication.

On the surface, she uses the camera as a tool for community engagement and relationship building. Yet, she is deeply committed to producing still imagery as a means to create new context for, light, color pallets and human forms.

Cooper engages in multiple image making strategies (ranging from immersive photo-based wallpaper installation to historic studio collodion portraiture) to facilitate a critical exploration at the intersection of feminism, entrepreneurship, economics, fashion, and intimacy.

Since 2008, her worked has explored the rich fabric of beauty centered communities in Chicago.