About the Exhibit
Influenced by the aesthetics of contemporary painting, as well as the thrifty and improvised nature of folk art, Susan Scott manipulates traditional painters’ materials such as canvas, wood, staples and paint to create an elegant and quirky hybrid of painting and sculpture. Many of her mixed media works in her exhibition at the Danforth Museum of Art extend several inches off the wall or are free-standing. Scott’s playful, yet serious work allows the viewer to consider the process of painting within sculptural terms.
“I intentionally select severely compromised objects and bring to them pictorial
and physical integrity. What was once untenable is now strong and demonstrative visually, but in reality, may be intensely fragile,” Scott has stated.
Scott’s paintings can be seen singularly or in groups, and their placement is
informal and changeable. “Their positions are relative to the dialogue that emerges between them and the space around them. When hanging these pieces, I respond to what surprises me, and how people may react when experiencing the complete installation,” she added.
Scott’s works are unique, but she expresses appreciation for a number of contemporary artists, noting Robert Ryman’s focus on the aesthetic value of materials; Ellsworth Kelly’s discrete use of color and form; and Ree Morton’s post-minimal irreverence. Three dimensional forms have become increasingly important to Scott. “Thanks to Jessica Stockholder,” she observes, “there is no gap between painting and sculpture. I construct, I paint, cover up and disassemble the work over and over again until I feel it’s viable, based on a sense of formal and structural integrity. These are unassuming objects defined by the steadfast tradition of painterly abstraction.”
About the Artist
Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Susan Scott received a BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. During her studies, she spent a year in Rome, Italy, and received an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA. She has been awarded residency fellowships at both Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, and the McDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH. Scott has taught as a member of the painting faculty at the Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA. Related professional experiences include freelance graphic designer and art direction for design firms and advertising agencies. In addition to numerous group shows, her work appeared in a solo exhibition “Make Do and Mend” at the Kingston Gallery in Boston in the spring of 2010. This is her first museum exhibition.