An interview with Caia Koopman

An interview with Caia Koopman

Can you share a bit about your new body of work for ‘Between Wind and Water”? What do these new works represent for you?

I’ve just finished 11 new paintings on wood panels that I am extremely pleased with and are hopefully representative of an inspired and more creative time in my life. I’ve finally settled into a new home in Santa Cruz, CA after a huge upheaval and was able to get to work on this collection in a new and beautiful place. I got to have some fun with these paintings and you will find some new ingredients like pink glitter, metallic spray paint and maybe even some unicorn magic.

We’re often asked if the female character in your work is intended to be yourself or someone that has perhaps influenced you in your life. Would you care to talk about this a bit?

My female characters represent all people (well not those that are mean and/or do harm to others including animals), I always hope my audience and collectors can find a hint of themselves in my work. I use my girls to portray different but all very common human emotions, and to tell very human stories. Even when the stories are my own I think so many people share such similar experiences and emotions throughout their lives that the stories could be anyones. I had one man say she’s the little girl in him 😉

What fuels you to keep creating?

I love it and it sure beats a real job. Or at least a real job that I’m qualified for, some people have really awesome real jobs.

Please describe your dream project if time and money were not issues.

My dream project is a huge, maybe 30ft by 30ft, sculpture of one of my girls in a magnificent garden of teethed flowers and mischievous monsters, maybe she’d be riding a chopper or a dragon, bright and colorful!

Favorite item in your studio?

My brushes, and I love getting news ones.

If you were to take us out on the town in Santa Cruz, what might we get up to?

This town has amazing food and tons of bands play here, the punk scene is alive and moshing in SC. We’d need many days together to try all the yummy food and see a bunch of bands, also we’d go mountain biking and run up a hill with my dog. Oh and there’s a beach here too!

Is there anyone in particular, artist or otherwise, that you’d like to mention here Caia?

I do have a really awesome friend who came up with the genius idea of my recent creation, Dragon vs Unicorn in the “Epic Battle”, story of the underdog, Sully u rule and thank you. I’d also like to thank Sue, Gary, Richard, Sheila and Hermel for all the support this past year.

I know you’ve been busy with a few larger companies on some special releases. Any recent projects or any coming up after your exhibit with us here you would like to mention here?

Yes, I have a new Diva snowboard by Rossignol coming out this winter, it’s going to be a rad women’s high performance board, I can’t wait to ride it myself. And I have a new signature series sunglass by Oakley called the “Sweet Spot” coming out real soon, should be in stores in July. My signature Oakley goggles are still available and I’ve got a bunch of new Rossignol skis coming out if you are into that sort of thing.

‘Between Wind and Water’ on view through this Sat, June 30th at Thinkspace

New prints now available from Sarah Joncas and Caia Koopman

Sarah Joncas 'Decadence and Despair'

Sarah Joncas
‘Decadance and Despair’
Edition of 25 + 3APs
Hand-signed & numbered by artist
18×18″ paper size with 16×16″ image area
Giclee print on Museo Portfolio Rag Paper

Available here:

Caia Koopman 'Endangered'

Caia Koopman
Edition of 30 + 3APs
Hand-signed & numbered by artist
16×19″ paper size with 14×17″ image area
Giclee print on Museo Portfolio Rag Paper

Available here:

Juxtapoz interview Caia Koopman

Caia Koopman 'Kool Aid Tears' - acrylic on wood panel - 16x20 inches (2012)

Currently on view at Thinkspace is ‘Between Wind and Water’ featuring new works from Sarah Joncas and Caia Koopman. To help us spread the good word Juxtapoz have posted a ‘Back Talk’ interview with Caia Koopman.

One reason you make art:
It’s more fun than doing other stuff and because I failed calculus, and that was because my psycho college roommate stole my calculous book. Thank you psycho college roommate.

Check out the rest of the Juxtapoz ‘Back Talk’ interview here:

Look for our interview with Caia to be posted here in the days ahead.

‘Between Wind and Water’
New works from Sarah Joncas and Caia Koopman

On view through June 30th at Thinkspace

Hi-Fructose visit the studio of Caia Koopman

Hi-Fructose recently posted some nice studio shots from Caia Koopman as she prepared for her ‘Lost Souls & Sacred Hearts’ solo exhibition which will be touring France this year visiting all of the various Spacejunk outlets.

Check out their full studio visit with Caia here:

View the works in ‘Lost Souls & Sacred Hearts‘ here:

Watch for Caia to return to Thinkspace next spring in a special show alongside Sarah Joncas. Until then, those in France need to get out to Spacejunk this summer and check out her traveling exhibition.

Spacejunk Bayonne
May 12th – July 16th

Spacejunk Lyon
Sept. 8th – Oct. 22nd

Spacejunk Grenoble
Oct. 27th – Dec. 10th

Spacejunk Bourg-Saint-Maurice
Dec. 15th – Jan. 28th, 2012

An interview with Caia Koopman

Bio Pic for SH

An interview with Caia Koopman

"The White Rabbit"
"The White Rabbit"

Please talk a lil’ bit about the general idea/vibe behind your new series of works for the ‘Vain Remains’ show with Camilla d’Errico.
My newest body of work has a bit of a goddess of the garden de los muertos feel. My girls are tethered to the earth by all its cycles, they are surrounded by and part of life, death and beauty.


What do you consider your biggest overall influence?
My biggest overall influence is the idea of humans being part of nature rather than separate from it.


Please describe your perfect day out in Oceanside.
Hiking with my dog first thing then getting a ton of work done and still having time to catch the sunset.


If you had an unlimited budget and time was not an issue, what grand artistic vision would you love to bring to life?
I’ll have to get back to you, that would take some serious thought and after four months of thinking of nothing but this show my brain is mush. Okay, I’ve got one, I could give every parking lot everywhere a rooftop garden so from a birds eye view there are no parking lots.

"Ectothermic Abscence"
"Ectothermic Abscence"

Any highlights from your recent trip to Europe and your shows with Spacejunk in France?
You will have to ask the girls in my paintings, I sent the kids off without me, I hope they all found good new French homes. The show went really well, or so I’ve heard.

Caia's studio
Caia's studio

Upcoming plans following your show with us this September?
Yes, a solo show at La Luz de Jesus 2010, I’ll keep ya all posted. Also, I’ll be working on another collaboration project with Oakley and another Artistic Sin with Rossignol.

"Auspicious Herodias"
"Auspicious Herodias"

‘Vain Remains’
Caia Koopman
and Camilla d’Errico

THIS FRI, Sept. 11th 7-11PM @ Thinkspace

Check out the digital preview of ‘Vain Remains’ here.

Also check out a recent interview with Juxtapoz Caia did here.

Look for an interview with Camilla d’Errico to be posted here tomorrow as well…