Cozette Russell

Born 1978, Exeter, NH, lives in New Hampshire 

Working in photography, video, installation, and text, Cozette Russell explores ways photographic space can expand into sculptural objects. At the intersection of disability and art, Russell investigates the aesthetics of care and care as access through an embodied approach that uses tactile interventions. Russell’s work has shown at various galleries and museums including SFMOMA, the Wexner Center for the Arts, NADA Curated, Harvard University, and A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, where she is a national member. 

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Image 1: Murmur Mother v. 1-5.1 (with hand punched braille) 2024, archival prints with hand punched braille in wooden frames, 13.5 x 12 x 1 inches.
Edition of 5 + 3 AP

Image 2: Murmur Mother v. 3, 2024, framed archival print photograph with hand-punched braille (no glass) 33 x 40 x 3 inches. Edition of 2 + 2 AP

Murmur Mother text for Braille Series

1.
stars slept over
murmur mother
mountains still
murmur mother
sun warmed rocks
murmur mother
enveloped earth
murmur mother
scrubby pinyon trees
murmur mother
vast land
murmur mother
lightness
murmur mother
rainy snowy days
murmur mother
textures of bark
murmur mother

2.
soft peeling skin
murmur mother
double trunked birch
murmur mother
without language
murmur mother
complicated history
murmur mother
kaleidoscope tilt
murmur mother
refuge and barrier
murmur mother
water surrenders
murmur mother
tree roots rise
murmur mother
unforgiving thud
murmur mother

3.
stumble forward
murmur mother
shivers happiness
murmur mother
flapping hands
murmur mother
loose soft stones
murmur mother
labor nurses
murmur mother
stained ceiling
murmur mother
body betrayed
murmur mother
blood rush
murmur mother
blood clot
murmur mother

4.
orchard blooms
murmur mother
feel music
murmur mother
plays no note
murmur mother
holds arms up
murmur mother
hold warmth close
murmur mother
mammals
murmur mother
lick and groom
murmur mother
sway and squeeze
murmur mother
autumn to winter
murmur mother

5.
stillness listen
murmur mother
darkness creeps
murmur mother
breathe whisper
murmur mother
love grows
murmur mother
arbor of trees
murmur mother
dragonflies swoop
murmur mother
upside down
murmur mother
all is beauty
murmur mother
shadows grow
murmur mother