A conversation with artist Phil Cotton on his multimedia practice which involves the creation of abstract images that are influenced by transitional forms in nature and society.
Areas of Investigation: Modernism, like its successor, Postmodernism, is neither easily demarcated, set the boundaries or limits of, in terms of actual dates, nor is it easily defined. Much of what describes Modernism also describes Post-modernism.
Although the images and subjects of my artwork are diverse; the influences and subject matter originate from the 1950’s era, abstract expressionist movement and architectural/ designs of the Mid Century Modern/ Bauhaus periods. My contemporary artwork consists of organic and architectural visual images that respond to my observations of historical moments in time and the present state of our ever-changing complex society.
As a former student of Design and the Fine Arts, my aesthetic influences are both rooted in contemporary architecture, visual design and the plastic arts – painting, sculpture, and drawings. These influences speak to me in different ways and in multiple manifestations in my art practice. I am not limited or restricted in my creative approach to my subject but open to multiple influences, individually and collectively. Simply put, I am a multimedia artist whose practice involves the creation of abstract images that are influenced by transitional forms in nature and society.