Monument to the innate and acquired presence of place

Cozette Phillips’ sculpture “Monument to the innate and acquired presence of place” was added to our entrance gallery in 2016. Made of aluminum, concrete, pewter and steel this artwork is a representation of elements within our environment, offer both visual and physical reminders of our connection with nature.

“It’s both fixed and ephemeral; cast metal tree bark from a Michigan White Pine encases bands of concrete, aluminum, and steel, which represent the cross-section of a tree. With the passage of time and exposure to the elements, the steel bands will rust and impregnate the concrete within the sculpture. Just as the rings of a living tree mark time, record and give physicality to a memory, my monument to nature will do the same.

By combining both man-made and natural elements within my work, I hope to highlight the fact that we are not separate from nature, but are in fact part of it. We have the power to impact, preserve and protect our surroundings.” — Cozette Phillips, 2010

Cozette Phillips is an interdisciplinary sculptor and metalsmith working out of Pasco, Washington. In 1998, she earned a BFA in Sculpture and Illustration from Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. After completing her BFA, Phillips sought to improve her skills as an artist and metalsmith, so in the early 2000s, she took jewelry and metals classes at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. She went on to earn an MFA in Metals from State University of New York, New Paltz.

After graduate school, Phillips completed several artist residencies, traveled studying and teaching, and works as an Associate Professor of Art at Columbia Basin College, where she currently teaches Sculpture, Design, and Art Appreciation. She is also the Co-Director of CBC’s Esvelt Gallery.