Artist Statement

I find the spaces we inhabit are as much a part of us as we are of them. We build houses to live in, yes, but they also live in us. It makes sense to me that as life evolves, so too does the home. A bedroom gets re-modeled with a new idea. A window may either be open or closed, or slightly blinded so as to allow the right amount of light in. Of course, when one decides to rest, they may desire very little light.

Before I close my eyes at night I press a button that communicates, through a system wires and circuitry, with a brain; it tells the brain to make it either more or less hot. This air conditioning – this life-force, spirit, pneuma – is the wind of my soul; it hums an om at low frequency; it circulates through hallways to connect rooms of diverse function.

I, for one, prefer to have control of elements such as these. And if the homespace truly is a body I will even say that I expect such control, for I can hardly imagine living without plumbing, electricity, or a properly functioning refrigerator with a light that comes on when I open it. Call this part of my modern sensibility to enjoy comfort where I may find it.  

Outside, I subsist on transience. My material is the live-in world. Furniture marred with someone else’s history now collects my own. I’m continually brought to this realization: though within my influence home is far from my control. And I can accept this. Still, I wish to grasp what the future of this space is and how it will reflect the person inside.

Zach Cotham is an multidisciplinary artist living and working in Oakland, CA. His installations are uncanny fragments of a home, built from found objects and reclaimed contractor waste. In an attempt to further interrupt distinctions between sculpture and inhabitable space, Zach often arrives at questions of how and why we create meaning through the spaces we live in. He displays his work regularly throughout the Bay Area. He received his Bachelors in painting and drawing from The University of North Texas in 2010 and is currently a MFA candidate at Mills College in Oakland.