Lives and works in New York
Cottam's nearly complete 'Dead Artist' series
features artists that have died since 1950. All portraits are approximately
the same size, all set on the same size paper, floating frail images
of both famous and once-famous artists. The method of the drawings,
silverpoint, is itself an antiquated technique so that in both technical
and conceptual terms, his project combines the nearly forgotten (or
soon to be forgotten) artists with a nearly forgotten drawing technique.
The subject of this portrait, Alfred Jensen, was an artist deeply
interested in the inter-relatedness of Goethe's color theories, Mayan
numerologies and the theories of the scientist Michael Faraday.