Andrew Cooks’s rambling creative practice reflects and impacts what he does, how he does but most importantly how he thinks, makes and discusses these—especially with himself. He has been working as an artist for 35 years and now describes his “practice” simply: its peripatetic and like everything else he does; privileging curiosity, thinking, learning, drawing, walking, painting, writing and reading, talking, speculating; advocating for the wonderful uselessness of imagining; of being idle and idyll; of whimsy and humour; of ideas—and the subversive nature of pleasure. He describes his practice as a garden where he is the gardener.
Andrew was born in Sydney and completed his practice-led PhD with Monash University in Melbourne. He has been teaching in a variety of academic and community settings in Australia, the United States and Europe since 1982. He currently works with Transart Institute, the School of Visual Arts in New York City and at Dutchess Community College in upstate New York where he lives.