‘Who is the woman in Eileen Cooper’s paintings? The question takes one to the core of her art. She is almost always there, firmly outlined, naked, universalised, like Eve in a Romanesque fresco. … In paintings eminating from some other time or place, the obvious conclusion would be that she is a goddess or heroine of myth. But these are images made in South London in the 1990s – a myth‑free zone, you might well think – so that can’t be right.’

Martin Gayford, Eileen Cooper: Open Secrets, catalogue, Art First Contemporary Art, London, 1998.