Susan Still Scott was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Upstate New York. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Art from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and attended Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy. While there, she focused on Early Renaissance and Quattrocento painting and sculpture. She states that it was Giotto’s frescos in Assisi that most influenced the trajectory of her understanding of abstraction. Scott received a Masters of Fine Art from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.
In a dialogue between image and form, her work can be seen as a painted sculpture or as a three-dimensional painting. The artist states, “I use paint because in and of itself it can convey a range of emotional experiences from intimacy to impact. There are centuries of philosophical thought about the use of paint. Relatively recently that thinking has changed substantially. It’s grounding and engaging to be part of that discourse.”
For his focus on the aesthetic view of materials, Scott admires the work of Robert Ryman, Ellsworth Kelly for his discreet use of color and form, Rea Morton for her feminist irreverence, and Richard Tuttle for his embrace of humble materials doing ordinary things as art. Her work is most associated with the strategies of post-minimalism.
Scott’s first solo exhibition was in 2011 at Heskin Contemporary in New York City, entitled “Corporeality and Other Things of Grace and Beauty”. The title references her ongoing visual play with materials combined with carefully considered responses to modern painterly abstraction.
Susan Still Scott has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Recently she has shown at Site:Brooklyn, NY, The Ice Box Project Space and Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA., at Collarworks, Troy, NY, Equity Gallery in NYC, RE-Institute in Millerton, NY, LabSPACE in Hillsdale, NY, Melanie Carr Gallery in Essex, CT, Kingston Gallery in Boston, MA, John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY. She is the recipient of residency fellowships from Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony.