Wilton artist in Silvermine show

Lauren Cotton of Wilton is among 16 artists who joined the Silvermine Guild in 2015. Their work will be on display in the New Members Exhibition, which opens Sunday, Jan. 10, and runs through Feb. 20.

Criteria for new members include excellence of technique, cultural or social relevance, clarity and continuity of style, and professional accomplishment. These artists have exhibited their work regionally and nationally, some internationally. All are exploring new territory in their particular disciplines or media. They join a distinguished group of professional artists comprised of over 300 members who work in a wide array of media and are represented in prestigious museums and private and corporate collections.

Cotton explores color and physicality with pieces of adhesive-backed vinyl applied to surfaces to create an architecture of form, color, and composition. Her three-dimensional works made with two-dimensional materials resonate in physiological and psychological ways.

She also works in more traditional sculpture, creating pieces made from wood scavenged from local building sites. Chopped, painted and screen-printed, the separate sections are then joined together to create relief-style wall-mounted works. In her words, “this three-dimensional format pushes color into a realm where its materiality exemplifies an otherwise undisclosed taciturn expression.”

Photography is another medium she explores. She says her photographs are a documentation of the art-making process as well as a documentation of the artist as a prop to her art.

Cotton received a BFA in textile design with a photography minor in 2004 from the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. She received her MFA in fibers and fabric design in 2006 from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.