Josephine Cottrell | Quiddity
16 May – 2 June 2019
Private View: Thursday 16 May 6.30 – 9pm
The Muse Gallery | 269 Portobello Road | London W11 1LR
Josephine Cottrell applies an experimental approach to traditional printmaking techniques and materials and questions our inherent desire to objectify abstraction and to interpret random marks as familiar patterns and forms.
Her practice is centred around process and constraint, in particular the limitations on an artist’s control over how a work is perceived. While previously avoiding any trace of a prevailing narrative, in this most recent body of work Josephine permits muted hints at key features.
Her subtle monoprints combine organic and abstract form in a quest for quiddity in each work – the inherent essence that makes something the kind of thing it is.
A recent Artist in Residence at The Muse, Josephine Cottrell returns to the gallery with her first solo exhibition. Drawing from elements of abstraction and romanticism, her work explores perception, the limitations of art and the artist’s control over a viewer’s response.