LONDON — British artist Paul Scott’s latest exhibition Home Truths at PEER (March 3 – April 22, 2017) features his detailed etched imagery and collaged ceramics replacing the expected pastoral scenes with those of the brutal honesty humanitarian crisis resulting from Syria’s six year civil war.
Re-purposing these cultural artifacts in such a way as to offer new narrative interpretations that encourage re-examination. Drawing from his encyclopedic knowledge of and fascination with the material, he alters, erases and adds new images to the intricately detailed scenes and patterns of these domestic items, whereby the imagery is ruptured and recalibrated for a contemporary world. Scott’s interventions enable him to explore a range of issues from ecology to the refugee crisis.
Above image: Paul Scott, Cumbrian Blue(s) Refugee Series No:2, 2016, In-glaze decal collage on transfer-ware platter c 1920
In creating works from blue and white transfer-ware, which historically has been industrially produced and available to the general public, he aims to elucidate the reality of the Syrian crisis by bringing the narrative into everyday life.
In this way, Scott emphasizes the placement of his work in a continuum whereby the conditions of industrially produced ceramics in the 18th and 19th centuries as well as the types of imagery used – and the contradictions implicit within them – become the ground for his current work
Scott not only engages with the dense lexicon of meaning that can be mined from the designs and images, but also considers the production of the objects themselves and the role that they have played in an industrialized capitalist society.
About the artist: Paul Scott is a Cumbria based artist with an international reputation. He creates individual pieces that blur the boundaries between fine art, craft and design and his practice also extends to research, writing and curation. His work in several public collections including The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design Norway, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, National Museums Liverpool, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh and Brooklyn Art Museum USA. Commissioned work can be found in a number of museums and public spaces in the North of England, including Carlisle, Maryport, Gateshead and Newcastle Upon Tyne. He has also completed large scale works in Hanoi, Vietnam and Guldagergård public sculpture park in Denmark. He has been Professor of Ceramics at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) since 2011. His current research project New American Scenery has been enabled by an Alturas Foundation artist award in addition to support from Ferrin Contemporary representing the series and his work in the USA. Paul Scott is also represented by The Scottish Gallery.
Photography by: Ollie Hammick
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