Brilliantly vivid prisms of color and light dazzle the eyes in artist Carol Scott’s spectacular and complex paintings and drawings. Visit her website to learn more about her process and story.
Looking at my art will show you pieces of my soul. I have created about six hundred works and been in over two hundred exhibitions. Currently, I am Professor of Art at the University of Holy Cross, New Orleans.
A significant change occurred in my creative process when I got my first digital camera. Instead of finding images or exploring an expressive non object form, I arrange, photograph and manipulated the images that are to become works in acrylic paint or colored pencil.
After years of complaining about the cost of framing colored pencil works, I changed the material I work on from paper to wood or board. This allows me to coat the finished work with a varnish and not frame them behind glass.
Reacting against simplicity, I design complex compositions. Call me boastful or vain, but it is important to me for my work to show virtuosity. The level of detail creates a Zen-like process.
Crystal and glass fascinates me. Light seen through a broken bottle or a piece of fine crystal is beautiful.
The optical possibilities of color showing through multiple layers of space are endless.
In the beginning of this series, I started with traditional still life. Then, I emphasized the conceptual nature of the art by what I selected to see through the crystal.
I further expanded the possibilities of the subject by deconstructing segments of crystal so focus is placed on the visual aspects instead of the function.
To this end, my work attempts to reconcile the disparate styles of representation and abstraction in a mutual aesthetic coexistence.
In the twenty first century, I want to celebrate human sight as we react to how we see as we question what we see.