Ryder Cooley is an inter-disciplinary artist, musician and performer. Weaving together chimeric visions with music, movement and imagery, her work places themes of hybridity, human-animal relations, and environmental awareness within contemporary juxtapositions of wilderness and urban decay. Based in Catskill NY, Ryder performs with the dark carnival band Dust Bowl Faeries and with Hazel, a disembodied taxidermy ram who is summonsed to life through music and performance. Ryder holds an MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Ryder has performed, exhibited and practiced internationally at organizations including: Museum of World Culture (Sweden), El Paso Museum of Art, Robert Wilson Watermill Center, NY MOMA-PS1, White Box & Exit Art galleries, Basilica, Hudson Hall, Dorsky Museum, PS21, Proctors, EMPAC, Yerba Buena Center, Theater Artaud, El Visio Theater (Mexico), McDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center & Yaddo, with additional public art projects in Indonesia, El Salvador, France and the Czech Republic.