Suzanne SCOTT

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Suzanne SCOTT Self Portrait Divorce

Self Portrait Divorce
Oil on canvas / Huile sur toile
61 x 61 cm

Suzanne SCOTT Williams syndrome

I  have the Williams syndrome 
Oil on canvas / Huile sur toile
46 x 45,70 cm

Suzanne SCOTT Kevin

Oil on canvas / Huile sur toile
30,50 x 30,50 cm

Scott, “Finger Print” Statement

  As an artist I feel I must identify my place in this world, I must explore and define the relationship that exists between myself, society, and culture. I do this by delving into the interconnections and bonds that I have between myself, and my loved ones. Recently, during a very difficult time in my life, I was overwhelmed by an outpouring of kindess, love, and support. This series is my homage to humanity, giving credence to those dear individuals as well as the new relationships that I develop. In very basic terms, I fingerprint those that are close to me; I scan the print, enlarge it, then turn the structure of
the print itself into an abstract, psychological, emotional portrait of them.

   My work is very involved with intuition, layers of consciousness, and different possibilities in personal life. I keep trying to innovate and develop my own language to communicate a visual documentation of the crossroads of life, exploring the junction of the seen and unseen. Repetitive, overlapping, and concentric lines that are carried out with methodical precision and micro-decision making is my means of attempting to explain a life story. This is the DNA of my work. By focusing painstaking, obsessive attention to a non-representational image that is based on the fingerprint, I am trying to mine an idea. Each painting is its own separate entity, exposing someone’s personality. The fingerprint in and of itself, so beautifully conveys the concept of each individuals unique experience and life story. I have found so much information within the whorls and lines belonging to each person that correlates sometimes directly to their quality of life and the specific circumstances they have been exposed to throughout their lifetime.

  These paintings attempt to translate complex emotional, ethereal ideologies to create a timeless yet unconventional  portrait in oil on canvas.  A quote from DeKooning that I connect with is that, “I paint this way because I can keep putting more and more things in it-drama, anger, pain, love, a horse, my ideas about space.”  The fingerprint, with all its lines and swirls enables me to include massive quantities of information regarding each persons life and character and my relationship to them.  The use of chaos as a scientific determining factor, to give some structure to an otherwise emotional work, helps me to engineer pictures to where they are neither one thing nor another. Creating something abstract, but that looks like something you should know in reality, the best of two worlds, is the attenuated quality that I strive towards. I feel that the closer the work comes to non-existence, the more exquisite and evocative it becomes.

   I throw all of my manias, loves, hates, traumas, and glories into a work that I hope will seduce people to escape inside the world of my work, while explaining the persona of someone close to me. To invoke that quality that compels us to look at something over and over and over again, to find that place where beauty is coaxed out of ugliness. To divulge, although in a secret, subtle, evanescent way, a way I suppose of not completely baring my soul too obviously, but still exposing the difficult emotional and psychic components of my life and my connection with those around me. It is a challenge to try to be true to who I am and not hide or be embarrassed to divulge my feelings in regard to my relationships with others.

   I am striving to take the next step of nakedness in my work, because when things become catastrophic and hysterical on the canvas, as they can be in life, is when invention and splendor emerges. I can only hope that my work, my world within a world, can connect to our collective unconscious, thus finding relevance. Ultimately, I try not to propose any conclusions within the work, but to allow it to be my mental and emotional narrative and hopefully tell the story of a few lifetimes.

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