Sylvie Cotton Ma sapience, 2010
Photos : Sylvie Cotton

In her performative interdisciplinary practice, Sylvie Cotton examines the reciprocal connections between art and life through a relational approach anchored in encounter and exchange. Taking a philosophical and pragmatic stance in which action art, installation, drawing, and writing overlap, Cotton seeks to immerse herself in the day-to-day lives of people — who may or may not be familiar with the art world — in order to establish an intimate and privileged rapport with the other. Evidence of these immaterial experiences are drawings, photographs, and artist books, which bring a sense of permanence to Cotton’s projects, allowing the public to experience her encounters, which ultimately exist only in the intersubjective relationship between the artist and the world around her.

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