Courtney Cook is an American born emerging artist from the Northern Rivers region of NSW. Through the act of painting, memories are erased and created simultaneously. Using the landscape and process of painting, Cook explores our connections to the individual self, the other and our own psyche creating psychological landscapes that sit in the threshold between abstraction and representation. Multiple layers and images upon images give one a sense of neither being here nor there which mimic the sense of displacement experienced throughout our internal and often external lives. Through the use of domestic objects and textiles as metaphors, Cook references her past as a florist, her childhood growing up travelling with her father on the professional golf circuit and her role now as a single mother living abroad from her origin of home. Nostalgia and feelings of displacement frequent her daily life and arrive as if they are the ocean tides.
Born in Palm Springs, California, Courtney attended California State University Long Beach as a photography major. Courtney left university to open a floral design studio in Newport Beach, California. In 2008 upon arriving in Australia, she attended Sydney Design School where she received a Highly Commended Cert IV in Interiors and a Highly Commended for Advanced Colour. Cook then went on to teach Colour and Colour Theory at Sydney Design School prior to becoming a mother in 2011. Cook relocated to the Northern Rivers in 2012. In 2015 Cook attended the Byron School of Arts Visual Arts course. In 2017 she was awarded the BSA Graduate/Northern Rivers Community Gallery award of a solo show in the NRCG. Cook has been in several group shows and has had a handful of solo shows. In 2019 she attended a month long residency at the Arteles Art Residency in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.