DIANE SCOTT

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Seeing the work as both image and object, Diane Scott questions the hierarchies and the givens that comprise
painting, in particular elevating the aluminium from support to object. Scott explores what the object makes visible
through process, materiality and sensation. Seeking spaces that oscillate from one state to another – simultaneously
questioning and withholding, and resisting a singular reading. The search for this enigma becomes a vital part of
the work.
The current works began in response to Donald Judd’s idea that two of the most important elements in art are
colour and space and that they are invisible. So making visible space, and bending space became a focus. Prior to
studying at Elam School of Fine Arts, Scott’s practice was primarily sculptural. Sculpture continues to inform the
current works through shared concerns of space, illusion, materiality and light. The aluminium material supports
(which recall etching or printing plates and bring elements of reproducibility) are hand sanded back to explore
how the material’s plane can oscillate between surface and abyss and simultaneously react to ambient light,
architecture and the viewer’s reflection. By locating a work within the ‘now’ of experience and the ‘now’ of our
time it then functions atmospherically and counter historically; allowing a repossession of a direct experience by
the viewer.