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Anthropocene (I) by Mary Scott


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Anthropocene (I) by Mary Scott [2021]


Acrylic and mixed media on wood panel

Image size: H:30 cm x W:30 cm

Complete Size of Unframed Work: H:30 cm x W:30 cm x D:0.5cm

Frame Size: H:34 cm x W:34 cm x D:3cm

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Anthropocene (I) is an original seascape painting by Mary Scott. 'It is one of a series of four paintings exploring the impacts of human activity through climate change on the stark beauty of the remote Arctic Ocean. These paintings emerged from experimenting with sea, rock and ice textures on wood panels. In the series as a whole, I wanted the scale of the landscape to be unclear, and for what was land, sky, sea and ice to be obscure. These are the realities of climate change - confusion, slowness and lack of clarity about a coordinated response. I used mixed media including foil and small pieces of collage materials to add texture, and sharp gouging tools to create fractures in the ice. In this, the first of the series, I wanted to create a sense of vast beauty and a big horizon, but also icebergs adrift and green land emerging.'

Mary Scott artist with Wychwood Art. Mary Scott comments "I have had a lifelong love of being immersed in ancient landscapes and wild places, enhanced by reading earth sciences at university which led to opportunities in my early career to study rocks and landforms both in the UK and abroad. I now enjoy using a variety of mixed media, mainly acrylic paints with inks, charcoal and pencil, to produce semi-abstract landscapes. I particularly enjoy exploring contrasts of colour and light between the ancient solid rock and landscape, and the ever-changing wild energy of sea and sky. My approach to painting is largely intuitive and spontaneous. I may start out with a sense of direction, but then investigate colour, shape and textural mark-making in an open and exploratory way through the course of building thicker and thinner layers of paint and glazes, before scraping back to discover what lies beneath. This process of revealing glimpses, half-hidden things and curious marks helps to develop contrasts between the ancient permanence of rock formations, landscapes developing through time, and the present and future possibilities of the elements above. Recalling memory, experience and emotion of special places, captured and imprinted on my mind, I am also drawn to new discoveries. In the last few years, I have been particularly inspired by the energy of the wild cliffs and coves of the north coast of Cornwall, and return there regularly, always coming away refreshed and invigorated by its dramatic beauty in every season. Following training in collage and acrylic/mixed media painting with teachers here in the Cotswolds, I have engaged in international web-enabled art courses during Covid-19. During late 2020 and 2021, I am excited to be heading down each month to St Ives to take up my place on the year-long mentored Porthmeor Programme at the School of Painting." Mary Scott artist is shown in Wychwood Art gallery and online . Please call 07799 535 765 or email .

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