K. Daphnae Koop

K. Daphnae Koop

As a painter and jewelry artist, I focus on the color, texture, and character of the natural materials that are the heart and soul of my work.

My jewelry is crafted of Lake Superior beach stones and beads; the stones are drilled, banded, or carved; then polished and crafted into one-of-a-kind necklaces.

My paintings are mixed media on carved wood panels, with shattered glass and other objects added into the finished surfaces. They are non-representational; texture, color, and simple forms are paired with titles that suggest, but do not impose, the themes that are carried by the look and feel of the piece.

My interest in used or abused materials is central to my work. It is an expression both of the life and beauty that exists in the ordinary, and of notions of reclamation and rebirth. Combined and embellished with the rich texture of paint and the sparkle of shattered glass, destruction and decay is transformed into beauty and triumph.