Peggy Cozzi's work focuses on process and media and an interplay between gesture and colour. The artist is interested in how the medium of paint can evoke imaginative responses and psychological states; images grow out of the process and her interaction with the materials. Cozzi follows a journey with the painting, to a point where colour and mark begin to trigger emotive associations -where the paint appears at once tactile and concrete, yet simultaneously having the potential for illusion and the capacity to draw on the unconscious.
Paintings evolve from an experimental engagement with process and materials; combining both improvisational and premeditated approaches results in certain material and perceptual tensions, implying a sense of space as both a physical and psychological domain.
The initial stages of a painting are partly improvisational. Cozzi may start by mixing and pouring thinned pigments directly onto a canvas on the floor, so she then has a starting point with elements to consider, such as the shapes and the incidental blending or separation of the pigments.
Cozzi usually works on a few pieces at a time, but individual ones will demand her focus at different stages. The artist tends to work in an intuitive rather than procedural way, and the energy may change from one painting session to the next, therefore there are often interesting contrasts and changes of tempo in the work. This process is combined with aesthetic and formal considerations in terms of the marks, colour combinations, and pictorial arrangement.
Peggy Cozzi is an abstract painter based in Dorset. She studied Fine Art, painting at Portsmouth Polytechnic, and completed a Fine Art MA at the Arts University Bournemouth in 2014 . She has undertaken solo and collaborative exhibitions, residencies, and curatorial projects in the UK.
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017
The London Group Open 2017
Female Abstraction, Sticks Gallery, Portsmouth 2017
“The Masters” open exhibition at Bankside Gallery 2017
The Bath Open Art Prize 2015/2016/2017
Neo Print Prize 2016
The Possibility of Everything, Stone Space Gallery , London 2016