by Michael Cottrell
I view my artwork as a type of personal evolution, each piece and concept leading to the next as I constantly learn and grow as an artist, and as a person. For several years my focus has been the exploration of abstracted versions of objects that I imagine to be “below the surface” of something. I have considered subject matter such as fossils, bones, microscopic organisms, crystalline structures, the core of the earth, or the “innerness” of something which lies just out of view waiting to be exposed. These things and the forms they inspire are segments of a whole entity which are taken out of context, fragments, or the over looked and unnoticed portions of something. They stand on their own as complete forms, but suggest integral relationships to other objects, which are not present. Some of this concept also includes what lies below the surface of a being in a more philosophical rather than physical sense. Emotions, personality, and inner beauty are examples of this. The visual impact of some of these pieces has been suggestive of antiquity, like a recently unearthed skeleton on display, or of slices of an object in cross-section.