“I believe gourds are God’s boxes and by working with them I’ve discovered the Pandora in me. Most of my customers are women, and many have expressed to have a fascination with boxes. I think most of us are an undiscovered Pandora.”
Marla Cook became a professional artist in 1999, although she’s had an artist within all of her life.
Marla began her professional career working primarily with gourds, but she doesn’t think of herself as a gourd artist. In fact, she really considers herself as more of an anti-gourd artist. Gourds have a very personal, spiritual significance to her, and have provided her an opportunity to explore her quirky nature.
Marla holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art and currently resides in Arlington, Texas, although she is a native of the Texas Gulf Coast region.
Marla Cook’s creations are a melding of hand-forged iron, metals, wood, beads, stone and gourds. Her pieces are handmade and are one of a kind. She duplicates many of her designs, even though the shape and size of gourds vary. Color and decorative detail vary as well.
Recently she has begun focusing her work on the journey of life and incorporates these new ideas into her found object assemblage and sculptures of women, from the sweet women of Marla’s childhood and the angels who’ve rescued her during her journey, Marla has developed her art into something that speaks to the heart.