Marsha Cottrell creates drawings by passing a sheet of paper repeatedly through a laser printer connected to a computer. Before each pass, she adjusts the size, placement, and tonality of rectangles on the computer screen to build up dense, layered images. She has described her process as “a random pattern of actions that is impossible to retrace.” In each work in this series, the final image presents a meditation on light and space, as if revealing an interior seen through a window from the outside.
Marsha Cottrell (b. 1964). Old Museum (Interior_7), 2015. Laser toner on paper; 9 3/16 x 11 5/8 inches (23.4 x 29.5 cm). Gift of the Modern and Contemporary Collectors Committee; 2015.32