The artist of the month of March is Courtney Cota. She is a Graphic Design major and cross country runner at MSU Northern. She loves adventure, people, and trying new things. Cota's art style reflects her passions because it is very experimental, colorful, “and made with lots of love.” Cota will graduate in Fall 2017 and is excited to see what life brings her next. She adds, "Existency is about just that. I created this piece after viewing the artwork of @artsue1 and @blockhorsedesigns on Instagram and was inspired. I grabbed whatever paint I had and a piece of glass I had found while recycling and created this piece. While I was making it I thought about how I was happy to be making art, and how it didn't matter if anyone would see it, I was just happy to be alive, happy to exist. Flow art isn't completely 100% predictable, and that's part of the reason it attracted my attention. The swirls, metallics, and gloss rely on each other to co-exist and create something beautiful. When I finished the piece, I felt very content, and I realized it reminded me of the pictures I have seen of Earth. I've been asking myself a lot about why I do the things that I do, specifically running and art. Why does it matter so much? This piece taught me that it doesn't necessarily matter why, it just matters that it is. It matters that it exists and that I exist. And that's enough.”
Existency is a symmetric round piece with radius of 10 inches. It's medium is acrylic, tempra, and spray paint on glass.
The MSUN Office of Diversity Awareness and Multicultural Programs (ODAMP) invites local and regional artists to exhibit their pieces, preferably those that have some link to multicultural themes. For more information, contact email@example.com or call (406) 265-3589.