Find Your Heart(h) – Exhibit Introduction

The artist’s first solo exhibit celebrates the romantic relationship between a disabled woman and a transgender man—from its tentative beginnings to the approach of their upcoming wedding.

Born with the rare genetic disorder, Osteogenesis Imperfecta (aka ‘brittle bone disease’), and a wheelchair-user since the age of six, Athena grew up believing that romantic love was likely never going to be in the cards for her. Likewise, so many of the messages presented to her partner after his transition was that his life was going to be filled with rejection—both romantically and from society at large.

Through acrylic paintings and digital artwork inspired by the journey of their relationship, they tell in their own words an unusual love story filled with colour, light, growth and laughter.

About the Artist

Athena Cooper is an acrylic and digital painter born in Vancouver and based in Calgary. Trained as an animator and possessing a deep love for the look of stained glass, her varied style is a mixture of quirky characters and vibrant colour. She has exhibited previously as part of the group show, “Can You See Us Vancouver?”, presented by Kickstart Disability Art & Culture.


Find Your Heart(h)

24″ x 24″ canvas print – $250

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