Mon cœur mon atelier —
In the winter of 2011, the artist composed a series of drawings on the theme of the Sacred Heart, a reinterpreted metaphor for the unconditional opening of the spirit, here directed towards artistic practice and the transformation that ensues. The colours used to create this vivid and charged allegory are in part revealed in the first project that presented them freely, without any other objective but to expose them as they are.
Sylvie Cotton creates works born of everyday life that throw light on our perceptions of the exchanges and encounters we have with others and the world around us. Her primary materials remain encounters, revelations, identity, abandon, collections, and offerings. Her research most frequently takes place in situ, but also in spiritu, as she says, meaning in union with her state of mind at the time of creation. To create her works, which she considers to be in perpetual motion, Cotton calls on diverse artistic forms: performance and art-action, drawing, photography, installation, and writing (aphorisms and diagrams). The chosen form is espoused by the particular dictates of each situation. Since 2001, in addition to realizing projects and participating in conferences here and abroad (notably in Serbia, Italy, Poland, among others), Cotton has published two artist’s books: Je préfère tout and On est tous la même personne.