BiographyRobert Scott is a Luther College graduate of 2013. After receiving his BA at Luther, Scott went on to pursue his MA and MFA at the University of Iowa. Scott has been the recipient of many awards, including the Mildred Pelzer Fellowship Award of University of Iowa in 2016, Best In Show of ArtHaus in 2013, and the Emerging Iowa Artist of Ceramics award at the Des Moines Art Festival in 2011. Scott was also a member of the BA Honors Program while attending Luther. Scott has been a teaching assistant for Basic Drawing and Elements of Art courses at the University of Iowa since 2014. In addition to his education and teaching experience, Scott has also been apart of many solo and group shows since 2011, starting to gain experience two years prior to receiving his BA.
"Trauma and personal experience are the core components within my studio practice. The paintings are catalysts for remembered emotional experience, portals for deeper examination and reflection. Memories come back in fragments, night terrors that blur the lines of memory and fiction. It is through haptic means that the work bridges the gap between the physical and psychological. I want to slow down, to be mentally quiet and completely entranced in a moment; the physical properties of the work I make is an attempt in doing so.
Materials and processes link me to the cause of my trauma -- my father; they are a reminder of the skills I wish he had taught me, the daily tasks he completed during his work day as a carpenter. I talk about painting as something that is built or constructed, terms relating to the approach I take in the making. Working in a reductive aesthetic, the craftsmanship of each work becomes highlighted as specific choices being made with purpose. I want my work to be felt, to be engaging and experienced through a moment that is visceral. I want to slow down."
Source of BiographyRobby Scott CV and Artist Statement.