By Arden Scott
Stems and branches of wood
Signed and dated 1993 by the artist
133 W x 34 W x 22 H
Arden Scott is a sculptor who lives and works in Greenport, Long Island, NY. She shows extensively in the US and abroad. As a guest artist at Bob Blackburn’s printmaking workshop, she was seduced by etching as a creative form complementing the sculpture.
She has received numerous grants and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, NY Foundation of the Arts, and most recently, a Pollock – Krasner Foundation Fellowship. She has also appeared in the New York Times in an August 2002 article entitled “Far from Midtown, She’s Fallen in Love with the Sea.”
Arden Scott is a lifelong sailor who moved from New York City to Greenport in 1978. Scott remembers sailing to Shelter Island to visit fellow artist Alan Shields before she moved to Greenport—a move that would have a profound effect on her work. Looking back at her Minimalist sculpture of the 1960s and 1970s, Scott realized that the forms often recalled ships and ship-like contours. She was building her own boat at the time, and was propelled into a study of the form in man-made metals such as bronze and steel, and natural materials including eelgrass and bramble.
“On the ocean even the most brain-dead nincompoop gets the idea that you’re not safe anymore, you’re totally out of control,” she has said. “The weather and the water are in total control and you have to work with them to survive. I like that, that edge.”
Writing about Scott’s recent work, critic Maureen Mullarkey said “Without replicating any identifiable kind of boat, the work triggers associations with schooners, skiffs, sculls, canoes, longboats, or any craft man has devised to journey over water. Freestanding, made mainly from bronze or steel, archetypal forms insinuate the architecture of hulls, the thrust of ballasts and riggings.”
Scott has received numerous grants, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.