Ferdinand Cooper (American, 1911–2008)
Carved wood, cut metal, wire, and plastic
23 x 13 1/2 x 15 inches
Purchase through prior acquisitions from the Members Guild, Charles Loridans, and Folk Art Acquisition Fund
After returning from service in World War II, Florida artist Ferdinand Cooper built himself a tiny house, approximately seven by ten feet, in his parents’ back yard. He hand-carved and assembled both the house and the approximations of household items with which he filled it, such as this medicine cabinet. Inside the cabinet are nonfunctional wooden versions of a shaving brush, toothbrushes, and dentures. Cooper decorated the cabinet’s surface with cut-outs that include clocks, an eye, animals, crosses, letters, numbers, and money. Similar replicas covered all surfaces of his house, which has been preserved in its entirety here in Atlanta in the Sue and John Wieland Collection.
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