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Video Interview: Toni Scott, A Bloodline to Africa

Growing up, Toni Scott struggled with self-perception as an interracial woman with Black, White, and Native American heritages. This juxtaposition ignited hostilities between ethnicities, fueled by her frustration to fit in. Instead of relying solely on this tension, Toni found inspiration in the richness of her history and in four generations of artists and musicians.  Even her father’s handyman nature provided inspiration for her varied art career, showing that making with one’s hands is just as much ‘art’ as any other media.

A multimedia artist, Toni studied the classic and contemporary masters, finding inspiration in the works of Jackson Pollock, Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Theodore Gericault. A former student of the Otis College of Art and Design and an MBA graduate from the University of Southern California, Toni decided to continue her learning through self-study, which has resulted in academic and artistic recognition.

Toni’s latest works explore 300 years of her matriarchal ancestry. The poignant stories of African American slavery are revealed in the “Embracing Ambiguity” exhibition at Cal State Fullerton and “Bloodlines” at the California African American Museum.

In her most recent exhibitions, Toni calls attention to those long forgotten, the victims of slavery in America. Exposing the truth of the missing Negro faces and pictures which had been buried in the U.S. Library of Congress for nearly seventy years, Toni uncovers sentence by sentence, image by image the magnitude and the impact which still plagues the African world.

Toni Scott presents her story and her art in a conversation with Veronica Aberham. Please watch this exclusive interview.

Click here to view artists page and video: http://www.studio-online.com/index0310.html

For additional information please visit the artist’s website at: www.toniscott.com

Contact the filmmaker Veronica Aberham at: vaberham@gmail.com

Posted by Veronica Aberham on 3/1/10







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