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Long time waiting (I) [2022]


Oil and Cold Wax on Wood Panel

Image size: H:51 cm x W:51 cm

Complete Size of Unframed Work: H:51 cm x W:51 cm x D:2cm

Frame Size: H:59 cm x W:59 cm x D:3cm

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Long Time Waiting (I) is an original painting by Mary Scott. It is the first in a series of four works inspired by the ancient rocks and landscape of Gwithian, St Ives Bay. I was a geologist in my early career, and these rocks have special meaning for me. They are around 350 million years old; tilted, folded, fractured, weathered during their history, an age incomprehensible to our human senses. I chose light, natural hues for this piece, wanting to evoke the bleached, baked feel of these rocks. Bleached by the weather and the constant action of wind, sun and waves upon them, but also baked by the massive Cornwall granites that were intruded into this part of the Earth's crust around 280 million years ago. In a gesture towards the age of these rocks, my process in this series of work was a repetitive one of creating many layers, scraping back and scratching into earlier surfaces, then adding new paint to build depth and texture. The calm palette evokes a sense of quiet, waiting stillness, regardless of constant tides, weather and human activity.

Mary Scott artist and painter with Wychwood Art. Mary Scott paints abstract landscapes to make sense of her emotional response to, and memories of, wild places. Mary is influenced by her early career as a geologist, and in a busy world, she invites the viewer to slow down, and immerse themselves in space and time. Mary Scott's adopted home, Cornwall, and her journeys further afield, provide wonderful natural environments in which to walk, and to absorb and reflect on the landscape. Mary Scott uses a range of materials including acrylics, oils, cold wax, rock powders and natural pigments, to make responses which are fast and slow, bold and subtle, exuberant and quiet, capturing her feelings and memories over many layers. Mary’s approach is intuitively liberating, using both colour (or its absence) and texture freely and responsively. Mary is very conscious of our human smallness in space and time. In a fast-paced world, she finds herself reflecting on the enormity of geological time, slowing down my process to create a glimpse through windows into the past of these ancient landscapes which require nothing from us but stillness. Instead, we humans have imposed our will and errors of judgement, and she is disturbed by environmental degradation heaped on our planet. Mary borrows from the geological world to express this, for example, making marks to represent fractures, fissures and fault lines. In contrast, she uses loose shapes and embracing curves as metaphors for how the Earth has held and sustained life through time. Having recently undertaken a year-long progamme at St Ives School of Painting, she is currently developing her practice through participating in Newlyn School of Art’s ‘Professional Landscape’ mentoring programme. Mary Scott artist is shown in Wychwood Art gallery and online . Please call 07799 535 765 or email .

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